KDE not starting. Cannot start kdeinit

Danny Pansters danny at ricin.com
Sat Apr 16 11:47:42 PDT 2005


> > You shouldn't copy xinit and you shouldn't use 'exec' to run
> > startkde. Just put only 'startkde' (without the quotes) in your
> > ~/.xinitrc instead.
> I don't use KDE as a desktop a lot (though I do use KMail and some other
> apps), but I've always had exec startkde in my .xinitrc when I want to
> use the whole KDE, and I've never run into any problems like the OP
> described. In fact, I've never heard anyone advise what you did. Not to
> doubt you, but I don't see the connection, as it's never been an issue
> for me. Do you have a reference for this?

IIRC exec used to be needed for some reason, but that's been a while, merely 
startkde (which is just a shell script) will do. I agree that this doesn't 
explain OP's problem, but copying over xinit to .xinitrc and editing is not a 
great way to get started. 

Anyway, there must be a reason why kdeinit returns non-zero in startkde, and 
my first thought would be to run /usr/local/etc/rc.d/kdelibs.sh to make sure 
it can find the libraries it needs. (or reboot)



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