boot sequence broken

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Mon Mar 9 14:54:20 UTC 2009

2009/3/9 nepal <nepal.roade at>:
> I am using kubuntu 8.10 with kde 4.2 (latest upgrade) on a new box.
> Since removing several gnome applications (one of which was gdm) the
> startup/boot sequence will no longer take me to a graphical login screen
> and load kde. It seems to fail on kinit. The message (copied by hand) is
> roughly
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> kinit: name_to_dev_t(/dev/disk/by-uuid.[big number here] = cev(8,6)
> kinit: trying to resume from uuid.......
> kinit: no resume image, doing normal boot...
> ubuntu 8.10 pine-kub tty1
> pine-kub login
> not starting K Display Manager (kdm-kde4): it is not the default d.m.
> --------------end----------------
> I have chosen kdm for my display manager and *is* the default AFAICT.

Where have your chosen that and how do you know it's default?

> the uuid is accurate AFAICT. i.e. it exists at /dev/disk/by-uuid
> and the following appears in my fstab;
> # /dev/sda6
> UUID=24c79330-bf9a-48d1-a5fd-94753e6d8ed0 none            swap
> sw              0       0
> so the resume message above refers to trying to use my swap drive?

Yes if you had hibernated your computer the resume file would be
stored on your swap partition. Thats a normal message just ignore it.

> Have tried reinstalling kdm without change in above behaviour.

When you delete a package with "apt-get remove kdm" you are not
deleting the config files and config files is not overwritten when
installing a package. To delete config files use purge like "apt-get
purge kdm".

> can anyone help me correct this back to normal (single) login procedure
> please?
> nepal.

Do you have "/usr/bin/kdm" in your /etc/X11/default-display-manage
file? If not change that. If that dont work try to purge the kdm
package and install it. From a console run "sudo apt-get purge kdm &&
sudo apt-get install kdm" then run "sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart"

/ Jonas

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