> Is it possible that you had dekstop-base installed before, but just
> removed it, without purging the configuration files?
I'm sure that I did not install desktop-base bevore, but I have installd debian long ago, so I do not know.
But on a new Installd system I had a simillar problem with kdm 3, only that kdm did not start, it showed an error message. I installed only the base system and than kde out of the console.