December 31st, 2006, 07:43
Hi All,
I'm well aware of the simplicity of this question and have searched on every forum and in every book I could find, but I cannot find the answer: it is either so basic it isn't included in texts or I've gone terribly awry in my installation:confused:. On login to access kdm, I am only allowed to access kdm if I sign in at the login as root, then am taken to the kdm login, where I access the KDE login and login with my non-root account. I receive the message when using a non-root account that "kdm is only available to root". This non-root account is in the "wheel" group, but apparently that doen't matter here (only with su). Any assistance how to get my non-root account to access KDE would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

December 31st, 2006, 15:18
xdm/kdm/gdm start at boot time edit /etc/ttys and do the following:


ttyv8 "/usr/local/bin/xdm -nodaemon" xterm off secure


ttyv8 "/usr/local/bin/kdm -nodaemon" xterm on secure

then reboot, your system should startup with kdm.

December 31st, 2006, 15:19

To enable kdm, the ttyv8 entry in /etc/ttys has to be adapted. The line should look as follows:

ttyv8 "/usr/local/bin/kdm -nodaemon" xterm on secure

From http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x11-wm.html

If you simply want non-root access to kde:

echo "exec startkde" > ~/.xinitrc

and startx or xinit from a command line as a non-root user. However it should be possible to get kdm to work for you.