gui login problem

Errol Sapir errol at
Fri Jan 6 17:51:54 UTC 2012

Won't it bring back the "bug" I had?

On 06/01/2012 16:24, uteck wrote:
> 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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