What happened to my KDE?

Henri Girard girardhenri at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 2 07:10:58 CEST 2004

Don't be surprised... It's often the case... I have the same problem...
The only way to get back a working "stuff" is to reinstall completely
But sometimes I have to do it many times...
Maybe somebody else has a better "help" ?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jelks Cabaniss" <jelks at jelks.nu>
To: <kde-cygwin at kde.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 11:28 PM
Subject: What happened to my KDE?

I've been running Cygwin (with X) for several years now on WinXP.  A couple
of months ago or so I installed KDE3 and it worked great.

For some reason (can't exactly remember why) I switched back to
mirrors.kernel.org.  I did several non-KDE upgrades, and everything --
including KDE -- still worked great.

Then a few days ago, I ran the Cygwin installer to see if there was anything
new.  Wow -- a *bunch* of X-related stuff!  I installed it all.

And KDE no longer worked.  :(

So I switched back to using the Cygwin URL and saw there a couple of
KDE-related packages flagged for upgrading, so I did so.  Still KDE did't

So I uninstalled *everything* KDE-related with the Cygwin installer.  Just
to make sure I then even removed the paths manually mentioned on the Cygwin
KDE3 installation page.  I then reinstalled and ran 'rebaseall -v'.

It *still* does NOT work (though plain Xwindows with TWM -- startxwin.bat --
works fine).

Running 'startx -rootless &' (which is what I had been running earlier)
complained about a missing ~/.Xauthority, so I 'touch'ed one.  Still no go;
it gives me this error message:

xinit:  No such file or directory (errno 2):
no program named "/usr/X11R6/bin/xterm"

Well, yeah -- xterm.exe is in /usr/bin.

So what can I do to fix this?

BTW, running 'startx &' from a bash console now gives me a single GUI xterm
-- no KDE desktop like before!

Also (and perhaps unrelated), every time I run the Cygwin installer using
the KDE-Cygwin URL, it tells me there's a KDE network package upgrade.  So I
continue through, but evidently it doesn't take because if I re-run the
installer, there it is again.  And again and again and again.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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