[kde-linux] kdm problems and alternatives

James Tyrer jrtyrer at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 11 03:13:19 UTC 2010

On 04/03/10 16:13, Dr.-Ing. Edgar Alwers wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
I have had problems too, although not the exact same issue.

I had to start over with KDM; delete the contents of: 
"$KDEDIR/share/config/kdm" and install KDM again.  Then you need to 
edit: "$KDEDIR/share/config/kdm/kdmrc" to set:


You now have the default configuration and should then be able to login 
as: "root" using KDM.

Then run: "systemsettings" and reconfigure: Login Manager.

James Tyrer

Linux (mostly) From Scratch

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