After experiencing some issues with KDE (4.7.1, on Kubuntu 11.10), I tried to restart it. The recommended
sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart stopped it, but it failed to start, instead getting stuck on a console screen (with the standard services closing, etc, shutdown text). I could type in it, but not do anything else,
ctrl + c doing nothing.
I switched to tty1 (
ctrl + alt + F1) and ran the command
sudo startx. This started another instance of KDE on tty8 – the normal one is on tty7, which was still stuck on that console screen. It could be used as normal, nothing odd at all. The problems started appearing after a restart.
Error messages (KDialog):
Configuration file "/home/kubuntusandbox/.kde/share/config/kmixctrlrc" not writable. Please contact your system administrator. Configuration file "/home/kubuntusandbox/.kde/share/config/kmixrc" not writable. Please contact your system administrator. Configuration file "/home/kubuntusandbox/.kde/share/config/krunnerrc" not writable. Please contact your system administrator.
Aside from this, several
kdesudo boxes popped up for various programs on the first start. They did not appear after one restart. It's possible a proper shutdown as restored some permissions. Similar (
kdesudo) boxes come up when opening some programs, e.g.
Now, this is evidently because running KDE as root has changed some permissions. What I need to know is what should I change back and how do I do that, while minimising side effects? In other words, I don't want to overwrite all permissions in the system, just the ones that were affected.
This is likely on Google somewhere. I've seen it before, a year or two ago. However, it's eluding my searches at the moment.
Just a note, this is actually a fresh install of Kubuntu on a VM. I'm going to reinstall it anyway, but this is for future reference.