[kde-linux] Can't login via kde - hangs when "initializing peripherals"

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Tue Sep 12 12:42:37 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 12 September 2006 01:39, David Scriven wrote:
> --- Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at gmx.at> wrote:
> > On Monday 11 September 2006 21:35, David Scriven wrote:
> > > NFW!
> > >
> > > New user - same problem
> > > failsafe term then startkde - no problems
> >
> > The symptoms could indicate a difference in the environment when
> > startkde is
> > called from the login manager and when called from a shell.
> >
> > Both methods you described as working involve a interactive shell,
> > whereas the
> > shell executing startkde from KDM or GDM is not interactive and might
> > not
> > have read the same environment configuration files.
> >
> > Another possibility I can think of is a missing (not yet started)
> > D-Bus
> > session bus in the case of launching from the login manager. The
> > distributor
> > might have not added to all login manager startup routines
> My problem is that I don't know enough about KDE to
> know where to look to determine if either of these
> possibilities is true. Nor would I know what to do
> if they were!

No problem.
Lets try this: for one of the users create a directory ~/.kde/env
Create a file there, for example called test.sh (.sh extension important) with 
this content

env > /tmp/kde-environment

This will output the content of the environment when startkde runs. Check if 
there is a difference between the output when you try starting from the login 
manager and when starting from failsave

For example start with one of the working ways, rename the file and then start 
again using the non-working way. You can use

diff first-file second-file

to get the differences


Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at gmx.at>
Qt/KDE Developer, Debian User
Moderator: www.mrunix.de (German), www.qtcentre.org
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