XDMCP broke

Harold L Hunt II huntharo@msu.edu
Fri Apr 25 21:59:00 GMT 2003

Andrew DeFaria wrote:
> Harold L Hunt II wrote:
>> Andrew,
>> Sounds like a problem with your kdmrc file.  Try commenting out the 
>> [Desktop0] section, or creating a backup of the original file and 
>> removing it from kdmrc. 
> I tried deleting the [Desktop0] line to no avail. Also, this still works 
> at my job where I have, again, and XP box and a Linux box running 
> Mandrake 9.1. In comparing the kdmrc files I see that the first line is 
> [Desktop0] both at home and at work. Don't understand why it works at 
> work and complains at home.

Not just the line... the whole section until the next [section] label.

>> You will then have to restart kdm.  I believe you can do that on 
>> Mandrake with (as root): 'service xdm restart'   or perhaps  'service 
>> kdm restart'. 
> Actually I found that what get's run is mdkkdm and have killed it and 
> restarted it, again, to no avail.

That doesn't actually work as you might think.  kdm is started by a 
script that spawns a new kdm each time a user connects.  You might have 
now moved your system into a sort of inconsistent state.  I recommend 

>> Of course, you can always do 'init 3' followed by an 'init 5' about a 
>> minute later.  Or, you can reboot. 
> I've even downloaded my working kdmrc file from work to no avail. I 
> don't think I tried rebooting yet. Note that the differences between my 
> home kdmrc and my work kdmrc seems to be minor and trivial - thinks like 
> users shown on the login screen and who can reboot.
> The README states:
> The configuration files in this directory were automatically generated.
> As the used algorithms are pretty dumb, the configuration may be broken.
> This configuration consists of the following files:
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xservers
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xaccess
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xwilling
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xresources
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xsetup
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xstartup
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xreset
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/Xsession
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/backgroundrc
> This configuration was derived from the following files:
> - /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc
> - /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers
> - /etc/X11/xdm/Xaccess
> - /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources
> Have a look at the program <kdebase-sources>/kdm/kfrontend/genkdmconf
> if you want to generate another configuration.
> Kinda odd that /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc is generated from the same 
> file! Also I don't have <kdebase-sources> with which to generate another 
> configuration!

<kdebase-sources> isn't a program, it is the base of your path to 
KDE-Base programs.  Thus, it could be /usr/bin/kdm/kfrontend/genkdmconf 
or /opt/kd3/bin/kdm/kfrontend/genkdmconf.

Have another look around for the file.


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