Re: Update this morning killed local login
I have what sounds like a the same problem as the original
author. It looks like xfree86-common, kde, and kdebase (among
others) were updated when I ran apt-get this morning on my potato
box. kdm now fails to start, because /etc/init.d/kdm can't find
/usr/sbin/parse-xf86config. Was this utility moved to another package?
On a slink box, it looks like it was in xserver-common.
The workaround I found is to disable the check in
/etc/X11/kdm/kdm.options by commenting out the check-local-xserver line.
On a perhaps related note, xauth is complaining now, too. When
I use ssh to login to localhost as root, I get:
/usr/bin/X11/xauth: unable to open tmp file "/tmp/XauthWI1726-n"
/usr/bin/X11/xauth: unable to write authority file /tmp/XauthWI1726-n
# ls -l /tmp/XauthWI1726-n
-rw------- 1 root root 0 Mar 2 10:41 /tmp/XauthWI1726-n
Tres Hofmeister <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.rap.ucar.edu/~tres/
Research Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research