Subject: problems with kde, xorg, and (perhaps) 4.0beta2
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 03/31/2007 22:04:25
I just brought up a machine running 4.0beta2 and xorg. KDE --
everything was freshly compiled from pkgsrc HEAD -- gave me a lot of
trouble. It wouldn't start initially; it complained that it couldn't
find iceauth. Following advice found via google, I created symlinks
to /usr/pkg/xorg from /usr/X11 and /usr/X11R6. (The comments about PATH
settings in kdmrc appear to be correct; regardless, setting the path
explicitly didn't work.) I also set PATH in /etc/rc.conf.d/kdm; that
didn't do the trick. *Something*, I think, is resetting the path.
Once I get iceauth running, I got most of the way through the login
process, when things failed because /tmp/.ICE-unix wasn't owned by
root. I've bypassed that by creating/chmoding it in /etc/rc.local. (I
have vague recollections of encountering that before, but there's
nothing in rc.local (or anywhere else in /etc) in the 3.1/XFree86 kdm
disk I have.
Some of the problems are clearly due to xorg. I'm not sure about that
latter; Google found plenty of other people who had run into it.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb