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asked 2011-11-14 17:43:21 -0600

hoganskunk gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 13:45:33 -0600

mether gravatar image

I recently installed Fedora 16 on a Dell Latitude laptop. The wireless needed a tweak, but it works great. Next, I like booting into what was once runlevel 3 and is now called I followed the instructions to link the to the /lib...../, but no joy. I found if you link it to /lib...../ it works fine. I can now boot up in "command line mode" Unfortunately, I can't get X to start KDE. I created a .xinitrc file with the start commands, but no joy. If I change the current runlevel to 5 (system isolate it will run, but I need to be root to do that. Is there anyway to get KDE to start without having to have root access? I haven't tried "sticky bit" to the file yet, but thought I'd post here before spending anymore time troubleshooting.

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answered 2011-11-15 08:06:17 -0600

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Hmm, symlinking worked for me, and I wonder why you were successful with but not as the former is simply a symlink to the latter. This is how I set up a local VM (didn't want to reboot my laptop ;-)), which booted and didn't start X/gdm just fine:

nils@f16:~> ls -l /lib/systemd/system/{runlevel3,multi-user}.target /etc/systemd/system/
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  37 Nov 15 13:40 /etc/systemd/system/ -> /lib/systemd/system/
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 509 Oct 19 12:42 /lib/systemd/system/
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root  17 Oct 25 17:22 /lib/systemd/system/ ->

Not sure right now how to make this the permanent default for your user (i.e. so you only had to type "startx"), but this worked for me to start KDE out of

nils@f16:~> startx /usr/bin/startkde
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