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I was enjoying a cruisy day at work, browsing some airline sites to try and find a cheap flight to Auckland – after a 40 hour epic trip back from Belgium, I have zero interest in being in a car for 10 hours, I’ll take the one hour flight thanks – anyway, I got a text from Tamati reading Could not start kstartupconfig. Check your installation. WTF?.


The short of it is that he had created a seperate account for his girlfriend and since then things had been severely bung. As he’s on Kubuntu, I figured I’d just upgrade him from Feisty to Gutsy and that would be that. CTRL+ALT+F2, logged in as him and issued the following:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

After a couple of hours of waiting, alas the problem remained. Nothing in the logs, nothing in any tails. I figured I’d try to install gnome and see if that was any different

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

After some more waiting, a nice Gnome login screen appeared, the login attempt failed albeit differently. Fortunately this time, gtk and X were a lot more forthcoming with useful information in the logs. Essentially Tamati’s profile was trying to build itself within /home instead of /home/tamati where it should be. So something like this:

cat /etc/passwd | grep tamati
tamati:*:1001:1001:Tamati Blundell:/home:/bin/bash

Well then, I simply had to adjust the line to read tamati:*:1001:1001:Tamati Blundell:/home/tamati:/bin/bash

And we were away… roughly. There’s still a few loose ends to tie up with the interface, but both Gnome and KDE are now working… sorta.

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  1. we are a group of people working under NIS/NFS service. Recently two new guys accounts created. But they can't log in via KDE anymore – they getting the error “Could not start kstartupconfig.Please check your installation .”

    please any one can help…me?