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post Sep 29 2005, 01:41 AM
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Probably the single most common issue I have had with linux of any distro is mysteriously vanishing GUI and/or login . I will install , then 2 or 3 months pass, then tinker with an update or try to change a look'n feel in KDE, or add a user, then all of a sudden, I have lost GUI completely and/or the login goes to a graphical root or login has changed.

Personally this has plagued me throughout several distros, and is probably due to my tinkering. Since I generally backup my /home folder it has been easier to reload OS, but sometimes the KDE config files get screwed up and reinstalling OS does NOT help.

Tried using boot floppy, but I think it's reserved for instances where you cannot boot into the system.
I can boot, just not into GUI

Anyway, what would be the most important system and / or KDE configuration files to back up and generally where are they found? I guess they are in different places in different distros.

If someone could point me to a tutorial , please

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post Sep 29 2005, 09:32 AM
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What do you mean by GUI? Does X not start at all?

Then I suggest you back up /etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/X11/xorg.conf

For Gnome, the files seem to backup seem to be the files in /etc/gnome

Can't help you out with KDE, but it's probably the same (in /etc)


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post Sep 29 2005, 09:35 AM
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If the config files are for your own account, then they will be somewhere in your home directory (inside a a hidden directory). Systen-wide config files generally live inside /etc/

BUT, X failing to start is virtually never a reason to isntall. Just run xorgconfig (if you use Xorg) or come and ask here with a copy of the error messages.

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post Sep 29 2005, 09:43 AM
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QUOTE (DS2K3 @ Sep 29 2005, 09:35 AM)
If the config files are for your own account, then they will be somewhere in your home directory (inside a a hidden directory). Systen-wide config files generally live inside /etc/

BUT, X failing to start is virtually never a reason to isntall. Just run xorgconfig (if you use Xorg) or come and ask here with a copy of the error messages.

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Unless KDE is messed up, in which case it's a pain to fix. wink.gif

Probably faster to reinstall, if his /home is on another partition


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post Sep 29 2005, 10:14 AM
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But, messed up KDE wont stop X from starting, just KDE. If he wasnt logged in as root, then chances are it's only messed up for his own account, in which case just removing (or renaming) the KDE settings directory would fix it.


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post Sep 29 2005, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (DS2K3 @ Sep 29 2005, 10:14 AM)
But, messed up KDE wont stop X from starting, just KDE. If he wasnt logged in as root, then chances are it's only messed up for his own account, in which case just removing (or renaming) the KDE settings directory would fix it.

Indeed. smile.gif But he's only said 'GUI'. We don't know yet if he means X, or just KDE.

Removing his .kde(?) folder might not work, especially since there's a good chance he's done some of this as root (if I understand his post correctly, some of the sentences confuse me tongue.gif) and changed system-wide KDE options.


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What about just re-installing KDE?

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