I was in a mess after this happened to me. KDE was only half installed, I have no idea what state everything else is in. I reinstalled KDE, but kdeinit was still missing a bunch of libs. After reloading each of these I have KDE up and runnning again...o and startkde was no longer being called.
This has been a nightmare. This Linux box has been my primary box in an all Windows shop for 2 years. I had no response to the question, "what would a normal user do if this happened to them?". I need to get this straightened out asap, I have already lost 2 days of work. I would hate this to force me to run Windows there again.
My original bug was: