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Hosed KDE

I recently ran "apt-get upgrade" and it completely hosed my xfree86 server. 
After poking around for hours, it turns out that there was a hodge-podge mix 
of 3.x and 4.0 xfree86 stuff. Not having a working server,  I finally gave up 
and purged xfree86-common from the system ('apt-get remove xfree86-common'). 
Then I went a step further and deleted directories that didn't get removed, 
because of files that had changed. Then I reinstalled, xfree86, and then 
reinstall kde. I managed to get xfree86 up and running. 

Now the problem is, that KDM comes up with the login prompt and upon 
attempting to log in, it just comes back to the login prompt.

I can do a console login and start x using "startx" and then the only window 
manager I've been able to get started is blackbox, by typing "blackbox&" in 
the xterm prompt that startx leaves me in.

I tried to remove kdm and it gives the following:

System:~# dpkg -P kdm
(Reading database ... 57474 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing kdm ...
Stopping K display manager:  not running /var/run/kdm.pid not found.
dpkg: error processing kdm (--purge):
 subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 20
Errors were encountered while processing:

How can I fix kdm?

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