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Saturday, October 19th 2002, 10:14pm

Problem with KDE

I don't know if this is the right forum to post this but I am having the following problem. When KDM loads and I log in I get a terminal window with no borders/decoration/etc. on the blue default background. If I move my mouse to the background part it is a X. I must then type startkde in the console/terminal to have the kde splash screen appear and KDE load. But then the console and others are on my desktop. At first there was only one, then 2, 3, 4 and now 5 ( altough it doesnt go higher ). When I halt or reboot I am taken to a black screen ( still in X ) with all the white consoles where I must then manually type reboot or halt.

I am using Gentoo Linux and KDE 3.0.4

I have set my display manager to kdm, my xsession variable to KDE 3.0.4 and then updated the scripts.

Does anyone know what could be causing this ?


Sunday, October 20th 2002, 1:29am

Whats in your /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc ?


Sunday, October 20th 2002, 3:29am


# $Xorg: xinitrc.cpp,v 1.3 2000/08/17 19:54:30 cpqbld Exp $


# merge in defaults and keymaps

if [ -f $sysresources ]; then
xrdb -merge $sysresources

if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
xmodmap $sysmodmap

if [ -f $userresources ]; then
xrdb -merge $userresources

if [ -f $usermodmap ]; then
xmodmap $usermodmap

# First try ~/.xinitrc
if [ -f "$HOME/.xinitrc" ]; then
exec /bin/sh "$HOME/.xinitrc"
# If not present, try the system default
elif [ -n "`/etc/X11/`" ]; then
exec "`/etc/X11/`"
# Failsafe
# start some nice programs
twm &
xclock -geometry 50x50-1+1 &
xterm -geometry 80x50+494+51 &
xterm -geometry 80x20+494-0 &
exec xterm -geometry 80x66+0+0 -name login


Tuesday, October 22nd 2002, 12:39pm

OK. Make a file in you home (that is ~/), called .xinitrc with the following contents:


Done. That should fix the problem.



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Tuesday, February 4th 2003, 4:41pm

Problem with KDE

Hey Bleak, I have the same problem, and I'm gonna try this fix myself tonight. But I want to know how it started for you. Mine started after upgrading to KDE 3.1, then attempting to change the background of the logon screen. I changed it to the default green SuSE welcome jpg, and when I logged off, all the users on the system show up in the list, whether they're hidden or not. Then when I select either my account or root, then all I get is the Keramic blue wallpaper, and a single console window with no borders. I've done this several times now, and have pinpointed it to that exact event (chaging logon wallpaper). It seems like a pretty egregious bug to me, and before reading this post all I could do was reinstall KDE 3.0, then upgrade to 3.1. I've done this about four times already (you know what they say about the definition of insanity :wink:).
In retrospect, everything is funny.

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Tuesday, February 4th 2003, 10:02pm

in gentoo you have to edit /etc/rc.conf. Type that you use whant to use kdm.
Than as root do a rc-update add xdm default and you will have your kdm login Window at startup.
(By the way read the docs at