xorg & KDE 3.3 startup issues in 5.3 BETA3

Michael L. Squires mikes at siralan.org
Thu Sep 23 07:47:26 PDT 2004

I've run into both problems discussed on the kde-freebsd mailing list when 
I upgraded to Xorg and KDE 3.3 with FreeBSD 5.3-BETA (version of 9/22).

Problem 1 caused the X server to fail with an error message that files
like "Xstartup" could not be found; Problem 2 caused KDE to die after I 
tried to log in, either as root or a user.

Problem 1:  the files in /usr/local/share/config/kdm were removed, and I 
got startup errors when kdm was called by /etc/ttys.  This was fixed by 
rerunning genkdmconf; /usr/ports/UPDATING does not specifically refer to 
this problem but it does refer to a related problem.

Problem 2:  The Xsession file created by genkdmconf contains an error 
which causes KDM to die if you have a line in your /etc/csh.login (or in 
your user .login) which calls "fortune".  A patch has been posted on the 
kde-freebsd mailing list; I just commented out the line in 
/etc/login.cshrc which calls "fortune".

I don't know when these two problems started, since I've been mostly doing 
buildworlds, buildkernels, and portupgrades -a on this fairly slow 
machine (and not running X).  They didn't exist with 5.3-CURRENT just 
before 5.3-BETA when I was running XFree86 and KDE 3.2, however.

Mike Squires
mikes at siralan.org

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