KDE messed up on update from Hardy to Jaunty
Terrell Prude' Jr.
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Mon Jun 8 18:18:32 UTC 2009
Lisi Reisz wrote:
> On Monday 08 June 2009 14:59:34 Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
>> Lisi Reisz wrote:
>>> Someone whose computer I administer has updated directly from Hardy to
>>> Jaunty. He now cannot log-on to KDE. The process starts and then hangs.
>>> Presumably this is to do with the change from 3.5.x to 4.x.x.
>>> I would prefer solve this without reinstalling as he has no back-up.
>>> All suggestions welcomed!
>> By "the process", do you mean that the login screen doesn't show up, or
>> that he gets the desktop but then it quits, or that he can enter in his
>> userID/passwd and then he immediately gets kicked out--what, more
>> precisely, are we talking about here?
> The GUI login screen opens, but when the correct password is entered the
> system hangs. From the CLI, after a successful login, I type startx, enter,
> and KDE starts to open, but then the system hangs.
> It is definitely KDE, because I have installed xfce4, and there are no
> apparent problems.
> There are now problems with sound, so I may reinstall after all, as Ubuntu, to
> get pulse-audio instead. But I shall try to purge phonon and install
> pulse-audio before I do anything that drastic.
My "upgrade" from Hardy to Intrepid eventually became a reinstall, and
personally, I'd recommend as such due to the KDE major revision issue
here. The reinstall was easy for me to do because I always put /home on
a separate partition. The way I partition a disk for a desktop box is
(usually) as follows.
/boot = 200MB
/ = 10GB to 20GB, just in case
/home = the rest of the disk
Makes reinstalls very easy and wipes all that stuff in /var clean every
time. In some cases, I'll make a separate /var and /tmp as well, but
the above is really all you need.
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