KDE messed up on update from Hardy to Jaunty

Lisi Reisz lisi.reisz at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 22:36:23 BST 2009


On Monday 08 June 2009 19:18:32 Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
> 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.

Yes, I have a separate disk for my /home (and another for /backup).   Makes 
reinstalls very easy.  But this is not my own box.

Lisi




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