KDE 3.3.1 cannot be started by non-root user!

Paul Lauria lauriafour74 at mchsi.com
Mon Nov 8 22:49:38 PST 2004

DJ Lucas wrote:

> Paul Lauria wrote:
>> ...Without first being started by root! Otherwise, starting as a 
>> normal user I get kicked back to the console with this error:
>> *
>> *
>> KSMServer: Error listening for connections: Cannot establish any 
>> listening sockets
>> KSMServer: Aborting.
> <Snip>
>> If I start it initially as root, then logout and try using my 
>> udnerprivledged user, then it works fine, 
> <Snip>
>> This is an LFS-unstable revision, using X.org 6.8.1. I have found 
>> someone with a similar problem here;
>> http://freedesktop.org/pipermail/xorg/2004-September/002967.html
> If it's exactly the same problem, then re-read the the xorg 
> instructions in the SVN BLFS book...specifically the big note, just 
> before the startx command at the bottom of the page.  If you already 
> did this, then delete any previous entries in 
> /etc/sysconfig/createfiles that are for /tmp/.ICE-unix and rerun those 
> commands.
> http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/x/installing.html#xorg
> You must also be using lfs-bootscripts-2.1.2 or greater.  LFS revision 
> date would have helped greatly here.  To see, take a look at the 
> /etc/rc.d/init.d/cleanfs script in an editor, and see if it starts 
> with the create_files() funtion.  If you are using an older version of 
> the bootscripts, the syntax was different at some point for 
> create_files. I'd recomend grabbing the latest official release 
> (2.2.3) and going with those.
> -- DJ Lucas

Thank you! What happened was I forgot to follow that note there ;) You 
may want to place extra emphasis in the book in the KDE section or 
perhaps in the FAQ.

It's too bad, however, that I won't be able to see the fruits of your 
labor...your reply helped me fix KDE. However, I wanted to clear away 
old firefox libraries and start its install again because I was having 
problems with it. So, I su'd to root and went in to /usr/local/include 
(or perhaps it was /usr/include, not sure)...I issued an rm -r 
firefox*,expecting to see the two folders there begone...imagine my 
surprise and horror as I see the entire folder being recursively deleted 
right before my eyes :-( Must have made a typo somwhere, probably did an 
rm -r firefox * . So, having an effectively dead system, I was forced to 
rebuild from scratch, sigh.

Anywho, thanks for your help, I will be sure to follow instructions more 
carefully next time.

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