Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 76329
Upgrade to KDE 3.0.4 fails to boot.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:47:46 EDT
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Description of problem:
I removed all the KDE packages after my upgrade from 7.3 to 8.0. I then downloaded the source code for KDE 3.0.4 and compiled it. GDM does not see it, switchdesk fails to find it, and I am even unable to boot it at run level 3.
For the packages I compiled the location of the binaries is in /usr/local/kde/bin. This location is now in my path, and I can run all KDE applications from within Gnome.
I am not at all happy with what RH has done to KDE and Gnome. I liked it the way it was before. Rather than rant, I would just like to know what scripts I will need to change to boot both KDE upgrades and Gnome upgrades in the future.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1.Blow out Bluecurve KDE rpms.
2.Install KDE from source
3.Attempt to start KDE from any normal manner.
Actual Results: No KDE, but KDE apps available.
Expected Results: The KDE desktop should boot.
it does not work if you installed it under /usr/local.
If you want to have 3.0.4 for 8.0 please download 3.0.4, which i have build for
8.0, from ftp.kde.org.
If one wants unadulterated KDE on RH 8.0, a source installation is the way to
go. I have lost trust in the RPMs that they are providing, as they are likely
just more of the same from Bluecurve.
The proper fix is to add /usr/local/kde/bin into the path in .bash_profile for
all KDE users, and for root. It is also best to add the complete root path and
user path into /usr/local/kde/share/config/kdm/kdmrc as system path and user
In order to use KDM rather than GDM, the easiest fix is to edit /etc/inittab
and change the last line to: "x:5:respawn:/usr/local/kde/bin/kdm -nodaemon".
This allows one to run KDE as it should be, not as RH tweaked it to be.