Upgrade KDE to 4.2

Paul Kaplan pkaplan1 at comcast.net
Fri Jan 30 09:52:57 UTC 2009

Can you start another window manager like icewm from the CL?

startx /user/bin/icewm -- :1

(Use the -- :1 extension only if kdm is running, and you might need to install 
ice first using sudo apt-get install icewm)

If that all works then only kde is messed up.

I found that even with apt-get or adept, I still had to install kdebase-
workspace-bin separately

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kdebase-workspace-bin
sudo apt-get upgrade

If any packages are held back you can install/upgrade individually after 4.2 
is running.

good luck

On Thursday 29 January 2009 20:58:03 Amila Liyanaarachchi wrote:
> I already added this to the list, since I started this thread I wanted
> to mention it here as well,
> Guys,
> I followed the below steps to get it done,
> <Quote from http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kde-4.2 >
> The updated packages for Kubuntu 8.10 are located in the Kubuntu
> Experimental Software Personal Package Archive (PPA) repository. To
> update to KDE 4.2, please follow these instructions:
>  1. Remove the koffice-data-kde4 package if you have it installed. The
>    current koffice2 packages in the kubuntu-members-kde4 PPA are
>    incompatible with the KDE 4.2 packages since they try to install
>    icons to the same locations.
>  2. Follow the Kubuntu Repository Guide
>    <https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Kubuntu> to enable
>    /Recommended Updates/ and add the following to your 'Third-Party
>    Software' tab:
>    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ubuntu intrepid main
>  3. You can add the package signing key with this command:
>    gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 493B3065 && gpg
>    --export -a 493B3065 | sudo apt-key add -
>  4. Old Plasma packages are not compatible with KDE 4.2, you should
>    uninstall any plasmoids.
>  5. You can now update any existing KDE 4 installation to the most
>    recent version using the Adept Updater tool in your system tray.
>  6. Now log out and press Alt + E to restart X. When you log in you
>    will have KDE 4.2. Enjoy.
>      <unquote>
> During the installation adept prompted an error message saying some
> thing like "changes can't be committed ..."
> Then I press "OK" which was the only available option and Adept stop
> the installation at the point saying "Update Complete".
> Then I restarted, I don't have any GUI anymore :(
> It try to start X, then end up saying "unable to find directory ...."
> Is there anyway that I can fix this problem. Already tried "sudo
> apt-get -f install" no success.
> Do I have to reinstall the whole thing again ??
> Second question is, after adding the "deb
> http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ubuntu intrepid main" to
> third party SW, adept started downloading the updates. Is there a way
> which I can choose some updates instead of downloading everything. In
> my case I noticed that adept is downloading MySql server which I
> didn't have in my system and I don't want to have. During the failed
> installation it prompted for the root password for mysql as well.
> Appreciate any help.

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