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Re: Starting KDM

Achim Bohnet wrote:

On Wednesday 05 February 2003 01:45, Jerry Van Brimmer wrote:
Sorry for the crosspost, I posted this on the debian-user list, but maybe it's more of a KDE question. Any help/ideas appreciated.



I have Woody installed. I wanted to have X support for an ATI Radeon
7500 card so I upgraded to XFree86 version 4.2.0. I downloaded all of
the files from the XFree86 website and installed them according to their

Maybe try the 4.2.1 debs for woody from:

deb http://debian.mpe.mpg.de/apt-cacher/people.debian.org/~blade/woody/i386 ./

instructions. I use KDE 2.2.2 as my window manager, and KDM as my login
manager. Everything worked fine before the XFree upgrade. However, now
when I boot up, Woody goes straight to a console login prompt. I have
RTFineM. My /etc/X11/default-display-manager file says /usr/bin/kdm. I
have KDM installed. I have run "dpkg-reconfigure kdm" and set kdm as
default.  When I ran "update-rc.d kdm defaults" it says that 'System
startup links for /etc/init.d/kdm' already exists. Still, everytime I
boot up, Woody goes straight to a console login prompt. If I then login
as user, and then run "startx", then KDE starts up. I want KDM to start
up at bootup. What could be wrong?

Does KDM run?
		ps -ef | grep kdm

If not try  '/etc/init.d/kdm start'  for root on the console work.

Check /etc/kde2/kdm/Xserver and check that
the path to the xserver match the one you've chosen
for your own Xfree86 installation (I guess here's the bug ;)

	grep ' kdm['  /var/log/syslog
	tail -100	/var/log/kdm.log

Thanks for replying Achim. I just haven't had the time to try your suggestions. But, yes KDM is running. If I type 'kdm' at a root prompt, I get no response, just another root prompt. Like this:

debian:/home/jerry# kdm

So, I'm pretty sure KDM is running.

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