sddm woes

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sddm woes

Daiajo Tibdixious
It seems that every time I upgrade kde, sddm stops working.
The annoying thing is that I can't tell what is going wrong.
/var/log/sddm.log ...
[14:11:58.505] (II) DAEMON: Initializing...
[14:11:58.533] (II) DAEMON: Starting...
[14:11:58.533] (II) DAEMON: Adding new display on vt 7 ...
[14:11:58.544] (II) DAEMON: Display server starting...
[14:11:58.544] (II) DAEMON: Running: /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -auth /var/run/sddm/{a52b91bd-4696-48c6-bdb0-5126edd0c2b6} -background none -noreset -displayfd 18 vt7
[14:12:02.224] (II) DAEMON: Running display setup script  "/usr/share/sddm/scripts/Xsetup"
[14:12:02.443] (II) DAEMON: Display server started.
[14:12:02.443] (II) DAEMON: Socket server starting...
[14:12:02.444] (II) DAEMON: Socket server started.
[14:12:02.477] (II) DAEMON: Greeter starting...
[14:12:02.477] (II) DAEMON: Adding cookie to "/var/run/sddm/{a52b91bd-4696-48c6-bdb0-5126edd0c2b6}"
[14:12:02.520] (II) HELPER: [PAM] Starting...
[14:12:02.520] (II) HELPER: [PAM] Authenticating...
[14:12:02.520] (II) HELPER: [PAM] returning.
[14:12:02.584] (II) DAEMON: Greeter session started successfully
[14:12:05.271] (II) DAEMON: Message received from greeter: Connect
[14:12:15.625] (II) HELPER: [PAM] Closing session
[14:12:15.626] (II) HELPER: [PAM] Ended.
[14:12:15.675] (WW) DAEMON: Auth: sddm-helper exited with 6
[14:12:15.675] (II) DAEMON: Greeter stopped.
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ALl I get is an underline (cursor presumably) in the top left corner of the screen and nothing else. Its not responsive to keyboard and I have to power cycle to get the machine back.

In my user account I can "startx" which is what I'm using now.
I hated switching from kdm which was reliable, to sddm which seems extremely flaky.
I tried switching to lightDM but the lightdm-kde-greeter is not in the gentoo software list yet, only the lightdm-gtk-greeter which seems to be gnome.

Does anyone have any hints on how to either fix sddm or find out why it doesn't work?