gui login problem

uteck theuteck at
Fri Jan 6 14:24:30 UTC 2012

You can move the old .kde folder back in place and that should restore
all your old settings.

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:06 PM, Errol Sapir <errol at> wrote:
> Hi Bruce, Mark, Uteck & Michael
> I tried your previous suggestions.
>  Making a new KDE setup by removing the old one did nothing to change the
> situation. The xorg.0 log was so long I couldn't understand anything . The
> ls commands showed me that I was the owner. So I decided to do the drastic
> thing. I copied my home drive to an external disk, reformatted everything
> and now I can enter my Kubuntu with my gui name and password. All that
> remains now is to get everything back the way I want it.
> All this was done before seeing the new suggestions made in the letter
> below.
> Thank you for all the help you provided, even though I didn't solve my
> problem in a correct way, I learnt a lot.
> Errol
> On 06/01/2012 02:02, Michael Hirsch wrote:
>> Looking at the X log file is a good idea.  It sounds like it is trying to
>> start KDE and something is failing.  Since KDM starts up, your X should be
>> working.
>> When I've had this kind of problem I can often solve it by finding where
>> in the login sequence things are failing.  So, I think things start with
>> /etc/kde4/kdm/Xsession and then to /etc/X11/Xsession.  You can modify these
>> programs to print log message to /tmp/mylog, then when logging in fails,
>> look at the log and see what was happening.  Start tracing this sequence
>> until you find the problem.
>> It will probably be easier to debug the startx command than KDE as that is
>> a lot simpler.  Create a simple .Xsession that opens an xterm and see what
>> happens.
>> Michael
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