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Old 18th July 2010
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Default startkde: Could not start kdeinit4. Check your installation.

Hello fellas,

my system: FreeBSD [xxx] 8.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE #0: Sat Nov 21 15:48:17 UTC 2009 root@almeida.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386

my problem:
# startx
xauth:  creating new authority file /root/.serverauth.69910

X.Org X Server 1.6.1
Release Date: 2009-4-14
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE i386 
Current Operating System: FreeBSD mainserver.serveftp.org 8.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE #0: Sat Nov 21 15:48:17 UTC 2009     root@almeida.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386
Build Date: 21 October 2009  04:11:47AM                                                                                                                                                      

        Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
        to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
        (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sun Jul 18 15:50:08 2010
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
kcheckrunning: not found
kbuildsycoca4 running...
startkde: Starting up...
/libexec/ld-elf.so.1: /lib/libthr.so.3: Undefined symbol "__pselect"
startkde: Could not start kdeinit4. Check your installation.

at the moment the box has xfce4 on it and I decided to install kde4 (pkg_add -r kde4). all went flawlessly. I added "exec /usr/local/kde4/bin/startkde" to ~/.xinitrc but when I do "startx" I get the message above.

The box is a remote one. After the error, startx does not exit and if I use x11vnc I see a black screen with a box that says "Could not start kdeinit4. Check your installation" and a "Okay" button. If I click it, "x11vnc" exits but "startx" does not.

However, if I run "/usr/local/kde4/bin/startkde" and "x11vnc" with "-auth" option, I can see the kde4 login screen and after it accepts my credentials I see "Could not start kdeinit4. Check your installation". If I click "okay", x11vnc exits. I was unable to replicate this behaviour - it happened only once (kde does not run without a X server so I'm presuming I had some X process hanging somewhere)

I've been google-ing for quite some time now and I am unable to find anything relevant.

The machine is ~800 km away so direct interaction is impossible.

Any ideas are welcomed.

PS: nothing relevant in messages.log, all.log and Xorg.log. The video card is a nvidia FX5500.
PS2: on a vmware machine, (fresh install of F-BSD 8.0 - kernel+base) I had no problems.
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