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    Default Lost KDE GUI after trying out KDE 4.13

    After reading that KDE 4.13 was in Release Candidate status I decided to try it out. I installed the packages from the KDE:/SC:/Unstable repo. It worked fine for a few days but today I did some more updates and now I cannot reach a GUI. I rolled back to 4.12 with ncurses YaST2 but that didn't help. If I boot normally, all I get is the openSUSE wallpaper. If I switch to console mode the last text on the screen is:
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    Reached target Graphical Interface
    The cursor just sits there blinking and nothing else happens.

    If I boot into run level 3 and try to start the GUI from there, I get:
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    rcxdm start
    Failed to issue method call: Unit xdm.service is masked.
    I've tried some other commands also:
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    chkconfig xdm
    xdm off
    
    systemctl enable xdm.service
    Failed to issue method call: No such file or directory
    Anyone have any ideas how I can fix this?

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    Default Re: Lost KDE GUI after trying out KDE 4.13

    First check if a new test user has the same problem.

    New versions often have new configuration file structure that can confuse an older version

    If the works rename ~/.kde4 while KDE is not running

    You will then have the default desktop and you should be able to then configure as you want

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    Default Re: Lost KDE GUI after trying out KDE 4.13

    How do I create a new user from the console? I currently cannot get to KDE.

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    Default Re: Lost KDE GUI after trying out KDE 4.13

    Easiest just run yast from the command line as root

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    First check if a new test user has the same problem.

    New versions often have new configuration file structure that can confuse an older version
    How can this be user related if he doesn't even get a login screen?

    @pilotgi:
    Apparently something is wrong with your xdm.service.
    Can you also post the output of this?
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    systemctl status xdm.service
    rpm -V xdm
    If the last command gives some output, you should re-install xdm:
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    sudo zypper in -f xdm
    That should fix it.

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    Default Re: Lost KDE GUI after trying out KDE 4.13

    If you used the SC/Unstable repo then you're not using KDE 4.13 RC - you're using an early unstable version of 4.14.

    You need to use the repo from KDE:/Distro/Factory/.
    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteh100 View Post
    If you used the SC/Unstable repo then you're not using KDE 4.13 RC - you're using an early unstable version of 4.14.

    You need to use the repo from KDE:/Distro/Factory/.
    My 2 cents: if you don't know how to undo changes, don't use any other than the distribution repos + Packman. Or at least no repos containing the words "unstable" of "factory". Warnings by the KDE people, by openSUSE packagers have been all over the blogs and social media: the current 4.13 releases are for testing purposes, not for production machines.
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    Default Re: Lost KDE GUI after trying out KDE 4.13

    Quote Originally Posted by peteh100 View Post
    If you used the SC/Unstable repo then you're not using KDE 4.13 RC - you're using an early unstable version of 4.14.

    You need to use the repo from KDE:/Distro/Factory/.
    I guess I should have realized this when I saw the version numbers were 4.13.40*.

    I removed /etc/systemd/system/xdm.service and re-installed xdm. This got rid of it hanging at "Reached target Graphical Interface" but it booted directly to text mode.

    I tried 'rcxdm start' and I didn't get any errors but X didn't start and I stayed in text mode. I am able to boot into recovery mode now with a low resolution. I deleted all packages from the SC:/Unstable repo that weren't already rolled back to 4.12.

    I'll post the output of 'status xdm.service' in a minute.

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    Code:
    systemctl status xdm.service
    xdm.service=LSB: X Display Manager
    Loaded: loaded (etc/init.d/xdm)
    Active: active (running)
    Process: 714 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/xdm start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)   CGroup: /system.slice/xdm.service
               ├─754 /usr/bin/kdm
    linux-kew1 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: X Display Manager...
    kdm_config[737]: Multiple occurrences of section [General]in 
    /usr/share/kde4/config/kdm/kdmrc. Consider merging them.
    kdm_config[737]: Multiple occurrences of section [Xdmcp] in /usr/share/kde4/config/kdm/kdmrc. Consider merging them.
    systemd[1]: Started LSB: X Display Manager.
    kdm[735]: plymouth is active on VT 7, reusing for :0
    kdm[735]: plymouth should quit after server startup
    kdm[735]: X Server died during startup
    kdm[735]: X Server for display :0 cannot be started, session disabled
    kdm[735]: Quitting Plymouth without transition
    Plymouth is not running
    I deleted some lines for brevity. It seems X will start if I'm using FBDev but not nouveau.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilotgi View Post
    I removed /etc/systemd/system/xdm.service and re-installed xdm. This got rid of it hanging at "Reached target Graphical Interface" but it booted directly to text mode.
    Where did you get /etc/systemd/system/xdm.service from? I guess that's why you got that "xdm.service is masked" error...
    Good idea that you deleted it though.

    Try to run "sudo systemctl enable xdm.service" or "sudo chkconfig xdm on" to enable automatic start of the display manager on boot.

    I tried 'rcxdm start' and I didn't get any errors but X didn't start and I stayed in text mode. I am able to boot into recovery mode now with a low resolution. I deleted all packages from the SC:/Unstable repo that weren't already rolled back to 4.12.
    This (and the status output) would indicate a problem with the nouveau driver. Maybe you uninstalled some important packages?

    Could you please do a normal boot (that would drop to text mode), then reboot to "recovery mode" and post the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old (upload it to http://susepaste.org and post a link)?
    Last edited by wolfi323; 31-Mar-2014 at 10:58.

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