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    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could help me solve this problem.


    For the past several months, my Linux partition has been sorely neglected as I've needed Adobe Photoshop extensively for my classes, and so I've been spending pretty much all my time in Windows. Now that classes are over, I thought it was about time I go back over to Linux, and as a result I had a whole bunch of updates waiting for me. So I fired up Apper and let them run in the background, figuring it would take some time for everything to install.


    After a while, I checked up to see how things were going. Gave my approval to update Adobe Flash, and that's when things got a bit weird...it seemed to stop all the other updates once I gave my approval for that. So, I tried to run the updates again, and it snagged in the same spot - after I approved updating Flash, it looked as though it just 'finished' everything else - nothing crashed or displayed any errors or other things out of the ordinary, but the list of updates to install hadn't changed. I thought rebooting might solve the problem, and I'd come back and try updating again.


    When I rebooted, it gave me the message "could not start kdeinit4. Check your installation." I googled the error a bit, but didn't find anything too concrete about it, except that chances are during the update process something either broke or got deleted...one suggestion I saw was to delete the .kde folder from the home directory, so I ran midnight commander and did that, but no dice. I also thought I could try installing another DE since it seemed like a KDE-specific problem, and hoped I might be able to fix things from there, but it seems like the command line wasn't able to connect to my wifi (our router is the landlady's and upstairs from my apartment, so I can't use ethernet or anything). The last few times I'd booted, I had to turn my wlan switch off and then back on for KDE to detect my network, but I'm not really sure how to force the command line to see it...so unless I figure out how to do that, I can't install any new packages that way, either.


    Anyone have an idea of what I could do to fix this? I'm not terribly well-versed in using the command line, so if you could dumb things down when explaining, that would be a big help. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Could Not Start kdeinit4

    First thing 'Don't use Apper' it next to useless.

    The folder to start a new kde folder is .kde4 not .kde

    Can we assume this openSUSE 12.1 you are using?
    What additional repos do you have?

    Can you login with IceWM?
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    Yes, I'm using OpenSUSE 12.1. When I boot, I don't get taken to the login screen, as it auto-boots me into KDE by default (I believe this is the default setting that I didn't change during install). What command could I use to start icewm directly from the command line? I would have to boot to check my additional repos, but I do have a few unstable packages installed (like GIMP 2.8), and I know I'm subscribed to unofficial repositories for those programs.

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    Boot to level 3
    Open Yast

    Boot to Level 3, then Yast and More.... - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

    From there disable auto login
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    http://forums.opensuse.org/how-faq-r...uto-login.html

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    *sigh* I feel like a huge idiot right now. I think I made things worse by being naive.

    Booted level 3, ran yast, edited my user account to disable autologin. All that was fine. But when I was accessing my user account, I went straight down to the autologin check box, ignoring the other fields like my username and password - assuming that if untouched, they would remain as default. Apparently not. When it booted again I was taken to a command line (it still didn't bring me to a graphical login screen where I could have selected different WMs), and tried to login again. Apparently my password is now incorrect, and of course that means I can't go in and edit my user account and change it again...it didn't seem to reset the password to blank or 'root', either.

    Have I screwed up to the point where I should just reinstall? I feel like an idiot for letting this happen.

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    On Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:36:02 +0000, SG2Tiger wrote:

    > When it booted again I was taken to a command
    > line (it still didn't bring me to a graphical login screen where I could
    > have selected different WMs), and tried to login again. Apparently my
    > password is now incorrect, and of course that means I can't go in and

    edit
    > my user account and change it again...it didn't seem to reset the

    password
    > to blank or 'root', either.
    >
    > Have I screwed up to the point where I should just reinstall? I feel

    like
    > an idiot for letting this happen.


    No need to reinstall to reset the password (not sure about the other
    issues, but probably no need to reinstall on those either).

    Login as root at the console and type:

    passwd <username>

    (replace <username> with the name of your user)

    You'll be able to change the password.

    If you cannot login as root for some reason, boot the system up and in
    the grub menu, add:

    init=/bin/bash

    That should boot you straight to a shell where you can reset both
    passwords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    No need to reinstall to reset the password (not sure about the other
    issues, but probably no need to reinstall on those either).

    Login as root at the console and type:

    passwd <username>

    (replace <username> with the name of your user)

    You'll be able to change the password.

    If you cannot login as root for some reason, boot the system up and in
    the grub menu, add:

    init=/bin/bash

    That should boot you straight to a shell where you can reset both
    passwords.

    Jim
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    Thank you, that solved my password problem. However, even after disabling auto-login, it still pushes me to the command line after I boot, instead of a graphical login screen. I tried running startx as root, and it just bumped me right back to the 'could not start kdeinit4' message. I'm not getting the login screen where I could select a different window manager to run. Is there a way to launch icewm directly from the command line, or something else I could do to fix the kdeinit4 problem?

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    (was going to edit my post but can't seem to find a way to do that)

    So, I only just noticed that when it bumps me to the command line instead of a graphical login screen...



    ...12.2 beta...? I'm not sure how this happened...but could that explain things getting broken after trying to install updates? I certainly didn't manually install a 12.2 beta.

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    Default Re: Could Not Start kdeinit4

    Ok sounds like a video driver problem maybe what video do you have? You using a proprietary driver? Maybe needs reinstalled.
    Try starting in safe mode select from the boot screen

    Your problem with flash may have been that you have to accept their ULA and maybe that may have appeared behind another window and blocked the process.

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