[kde-linux] kdm problems and alternatives

Dr.-Ing. Edgar Alwers edgaralwers at gmx.de
Sat Apr 3 23:13:18 UTC 2010


I have experienced problems after upgrading kdebase-workspace to 4.4.1: kdm 
does not more start kde, but pops up a window with a message "fatal error, 
consult your administrator". Neither kdm.log, nor Xorg.log messages are 
different from those reported during normal operation. As I did not change 
anything besides building and installing again workspace, I presume a) 
kdebase-workspace-4.4.1 has a bug,  or b) something related with authorization 
is stopping the process. ( all other KDE components where already upgraded to 
4.4.1 )

I could not fix this problem. But there is an alternative login manager, slim ( 
simple login manager ), http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/SLIM. SLIM is easy 
to build (KDE-4.4 users: see patch ) and very easy to configure. It is 
independent from GNOME or KDE. 

Disregarding the origin of the problems, there are a lot of complains about 
kdm not being able to start KDE. SLIM could be a good alternative. 

(linux from scratch )
Dr.-Ing. Edgar Alwers
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