I keep having a problem with KDE hanging at the splash screen (after lightdm login but before KDE desktop shows). If I wait a few minutes the desktop eventually goes black and I have a KDE style mouse cursor. Left or Right clicking does nothing. If I keep waiting, I get a dialog box to retry KDE Wallet - I can enter my GPG passphrase and WiFi connection happens but never get a desktop.
To fix it I just have to delete my “~/.kde4” directory. However, it’s getting annoying to have to keep recreating my desktop configuration. It’s happened at least twice in the past 2 weeks.
I’m not even updating KDE packages to trigger this. For example, I ran pacman here and after reboot I was hung at splash screen:
[2014-04-28 16:43] [PACMAN] Running 'pacman -Syu' [2014-04-28 16:43] [PACMAN] synchronizing package lists [2014-04-28 16:43] [PACMAN] starting full system upgrade [2014-04-28 20:48] [PACMAN] removed shared-color-profiles (0.1.5-1) [2014-04-28 20:48] [PACMAN] upgraded colord (1.0.6-1 -\> 1.2.0-1) [2014-04-28 20:48] [PACMAN] upgraded cronie (1.4.11-1 -\> 1.4.11-2) [2014-04-28 20:48] [PACMAN] upgraded elfutils (0.158-1 -\> 0.158-2) [2014-04-28 20:48] [PACMAN] upgraded gtk3 (3.12.1-1 -\> 3.12.1-2)
I know GTK3 is causing issues with other desktops like Cinnamon… but can it cause issues like this with KDE?
My xsessions-errors log looks clean (no lines with EE status). As far as I can tell KDE does not do logging during startup. I’m not sure how to troubleshoot this next time it happens. I can easily recreating by putting a backup copy of “.kde4” back.
I’m not even tweaking my desktop that much. This is about all I’m doing at this point:
- Change Plasma Desktop Shell to Layout to “Folder”.
- Select a different background image.
- Pick a darker theme color - Obsidian Coast.
- Force font DPI to 96.
- Sometimes I add the Instant Messenger Contact Widget to the desktop.
- Sometimes I add a symlink for conky to .kde4/Autostart
This has happened without 4 & 5 as well, doesn’t seem to matter.