Unable to start up KDE due to hanging with a black desktop and movable mouse cursor.

Phillip Pi ant at zimage.com
Mon Nov 19 08:14:02 GMT 2007

> > Yes, I can run KDE applications under Gnome. So I go to Sound System and
> > noticed it is not enabled. Since it was already disabled, I enabled it
> > and retried KDE, but it failed as usual (hang). I restarted Gnome and
> > tried the sound test in kcontrol's sound system. It works fine. I never
> > had audio problems in the past. I do use ALSA sound system if that
> > matters.
> >
> > Any other ideas to try or look for?
> Hmm. I've seen your thread on kde-linux and it looks like something could be 
> wrong with the 3.5.8 packages of Debian, though I haven't seen any complains 
> on the debian-kde list.
> If I remember correctly the "echo debugging" you did in startkde indicates 
> that it hangs at starting ksmserver.


> Unfortunately this does quite a lot, e.g. starting infrastructure services 
> (knotify, kded), autostart handling, session restoring, etc.


> Can you try modifying startkde so it starts ksmserver directly (without 
> kwrapper), i.e. just
> ksmserver $KDEWM

Still hangs.

> If it still hangs you could try something like
> strace ksmserver $KDEWM 2> /tmp/ksmserver-strace

http://pastebin.ca/783609 for the results. It looks like it can't 
connect to X server at the last few lines? How can that be? Gnome worked 
with X.
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