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Re: KDM doesn't work

On Saturday 09 April 2011 06:53:18 Andrey Rahmatullin wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 08, 2011 at 10:07:37PM +0200, Torquil Macdonald Sørensen wrote:
> > I have installed the KDE 4.6.1 from http://qt-kde.debian.net/ onto my
> > Sid.
> > 
> > However, kdm will not start. After booting, when X is started, I'm simply
> > dropped back into text mode.
> > 
> > In /var/log/syslog I found the following error message:
> > 
> > Apr  8 21:20:51 asus kdm: :0[1839]: Received unknown or unexpected
> > command -2 from greeter
> > Apr  8 21:20:51 asus kdm: :0[1839]: Abnormal termination of greeter for
> > display :0, code 1, signal 0
> > 
> > Any ideas? Meanwhile I'm using XDM as a substitute.
> /var/log/kdm.log

I'm pretty sure was is the same as this bug:


I fixed it by running (as root):

$ chmod a+rx /var/run/xauth

Anyway, if it is still helpful, here is the kdm.log from when the error 

Note that your system uses syslog. All of kdm's internally generated messages
(i.e., not from libraries and external programs/scripts it uses) go to the
daemon.* syslog facility; check your syslog configuration to find out to which
file(s) it is logged. PAM logs messages related to authentication to 

X.Org X Server 1.9.5
Release Date: 2011-03-17
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.38-1-amd64 x86_64 Debian
Current Operating System: Linux asus #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Apr 9 
01:30:35 CEST 2011 x86_64
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz- 
root=UUID=8868ef43-6e5a-4220-85d0-d1a46ef41948 ro psmouse.force_elantech=1 
Build Date: 26 March 2011  03:32:34AM
xorg-server 2:1.9.5-1 (Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org>) 
Current version of pixman: 0.21.4
        Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
        to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
        (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Apr  9 09:16:15 2011
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports:
> Warning:          Type "ONE_LEVEL" has 1 levels, but <RALT> has 2 symbols
>                   Ignoring extra symbols
Errors from xkbcomp are not fatal to the X server
(EE) Query no Synaptics: 6003C8
(EE) ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad Unable to query/initialize Synaptics hardware.
(EE) PreInit returned NULL for "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
No protocol specified
kdmgreet: cannot connect to X server :0

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