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    Default vncserver desktop launch - fail on kmserver

    openSUSE11.2 (x86_64)
    KDE 4.3.5

    My normal windowing operations are fine. I have no problems running parallel kde desktop sessions (1 user, 1 root), switching back and forth with ease.

    I have been able to get vnc remote connections to work, but the only desktop environment I can get to run twm. When I try to start kde it fails with:

    startkde: Starting up...
    kdeinit4: preparing to launch /usr/lib64/libkdeinit4_klauncher.so
    kdeinit4: Communication error with launcher. Exiting!
    Communication error with KInit.
    startkde: Could not start ksmserver. Check your installation.

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    Which is weird because:
    > which ksmserver
    /usr/bin/ksmserver

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    I have this in my .vnc xstartup:
    #!/bin/sh

    xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
    xsetroot -solid grey
    xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &

    /usr/bin/startkde

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    Sorry - I'm an X novice.... I've read several related vnc threads. It appears to me I have a more general X11 setup failure, but at this point I'm lost...

    Dirk!

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    Default Re: vncserver desktop launch - fail on kmserver

    ok just an observation. You should NOT log into any GUI as root. This can cause problems.

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    My thread so I guess I can do this - root on a gui -please amplify...

    This puzzles me. For instance, don't you have to run YaST as root?

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    I have the X problem even if I am on just a lowly user account...


    Dirk!

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    Default Re: vncserver desktop launch - fail on kmserver

    Of course but you are not running the whole Xwindows system as root just the one app. The problems arise when you log into a full GUI desktop as root. The processes can change ownership of various configuration/control files in a user directory and this can stop a user from logging on.


    There is nothing you need to do in a root GUI.

    Of course this does nothing about you VNC problem

    You might check here.

    http://opensuse.swerdna.org/index.html

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    Thanks for the "root" amplifications. If running GUI as root breaks the system, the system is flawed.

    I have gone through the link that you provided. Unfortunately - doesn't address/fix the issue.

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    I have traced this to a fault in kmserver (by getting rid of the kwrapper use in startkde). It is complaining about not being able to create a D-Bus.

    What's a D-Bus and why would I need one..

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