kdm in a loop

Ludo Beckers lazylew at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 09:20:54 PDT 2014

<Are you editing /etc/rc.conf?

I would like to but can't in fail safe mode, right?
I just don't see how I can login otherwise.

<... activate them manually, e.g. /usr/local/etc/rc.d/dbus enable

same problem there.

<... read the FreeBSD handbook for desktop environments
instructions: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/x11-wm.html

I used this as a guide: https://www.dragonflybsd.org/docs/newhandbook/X/

Stuff like this: "KDE 4 requires that
mounted" makes me regret I installed KDE also, since I get the feeling
one has to be half an expert before anything can be achieved - even a basic

I should've tried xfce first - all this is really discouraging.
Sorry about the negativity but it has literally given me a headache - a
rare thing for me.


On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM, John Marino <freebsd.contact at marino.st>wrote:

> On 4/4/2014 17:19, Ludo Beckers wrote:
> > After installing xorg I installed KDE 4.12.3_1
> > In rc.conf I added, as was suggested after install was complete, this
> line:
> > kdm4_enable="YES"
> >
> > Now login shows kdm but I get this error:
> > Warning: Cannot open ConsoleKit session: Unable to open session: Failed
> > to connect to socket /var/run/dbus/syste(unreadable here because the
> > window goes past the monitors' edge)
> > I press OK and get another message:
> > Can you call qdbus? I press okay and am back at the kdm login - this
> > loops in other words.
> >
> > Then I spent hours trying to find similar errors in divers fora.
> > I ended up succesfully logging in to fail safe mode now, but if I want
> > to take out the kdm-line from rc.conf I don't have permission.
> > su root simply says "sorry" and in vi :wq! doesn't do it either.
> >
> > This looks like worth a try:
> > Logging into an alternate DE, running *sudo chown -R username .dbus* and
> > then rebooting (don't just logout, that consistently locked my machine
> > up) should fix the problem.
> > (taken from http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=19353)
> > but sudo is a command not found where I am now (fail safe mode).
> >
> > Another suggestion is to install some Qt packages
> > https://www.centos.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4319 but again I guess I
> > need to be root for that.
> >
> > KDE-forum talks about Qt also but the solution this user took is a
> > drastic reinstall http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?t=99228
> >
> > Has anyone had this happen too?
> Are you editing /etc/rc.conf?
> e.g adding something like:
> dbus_enable="YES"
> It will scroll by too fast but you have to tell DF that these daemons
> are to be started upon boot.  And the first time that you install them,
> you have to activate them manually, e.g. /usr/local/etc/rc.d/dbus enable
> I would also read the FreeBSD handbook for desktop environments
> instructions: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/x11-wm.html
> We share the ports so the instructions are usually valid for both systems.
> John
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