natty: no KDE desktop

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Thu May 12 08:14:13 UTC 2011

On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 07:41, D. R. Evans <doc.evans at> wrote:
> I just upgraded my main machine (64-bit) from maverick to natty. There were
> no errors in the upgrade.
> Now when I log in all I get is a completely black screen, along with a
> visible mouse cursor and a couple of buddy-list windows (for gaim and
> skype). There is no background, none of my widgets, no panel, and clicking
> any mouse buttons on the the black desktop background does nothing at all.
> Minimizing the buddy-list windows causes them to disappear. Maximizing them
> causes them to occupy the entire screen (not just the part of the screen
> they would have occupied had there been a visible panel).
> I've tried renaming ~/.kde and ~/.kderc, but that had no effect.
> What can I do to get a functioning desktop? (Preferably something close to
> the one I had in maverick, but right now after spending several hours and
> getting nowhere, just a regular ol' default KDE desktop would be great
> progress.)
> I'm writing this from xfce, since at least that works.
>  Doc

Move /home/user to /home/user-temp and then create an empty /home/user
with the right permissions and ownership.

Dotan Cohen

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