When logging in, it simply returns to the login screen.

Asked by Aaron Tokelove on 2013-03-08

When I try and log in, it flashed to the console for a second (and I spotted the last line said something like 'mountall: disconnected from plymouth' and then returned to the login screen.

When trying to su USER to that account, I get mount: Operation not permitted.

Any ideas? I created a new admin account for now, but the original account has all my files on it (that are encrypted)

If the problem can't be fixed, I don't mind reinstalling, as long as I can retrieve a few of my important files from the encrypted account (I have no idea how to do this)

Thank you in advance.

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On the login screen press CTRL+ALT+F1 and login there and run:

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER $HOME

run it as given. This will ensure that your user is the owner of all of it's home. You can then press CTRL+ALT+F1 and log in.

Aaron Tokelove (tokelove) said : #2

sudo chown -R $toke:$toke $HOME returns chown: missing operand after ':'

What did I do wrong?

Aaron Tokelove (tokelove) said : #3

Ahh, it seems I wasn't supposed to change user to toke haha.

Okay, I've done as you said, but I still get the same problem when trying to log in

thats why i said "run it as given"......

Aaron Tokelove (tokelove) said : #5

Indeed. But since it didn't work do you have any other ideas?

Ubfan (ubfan1) said : #6

Try deleting from your home directory the (hidden) files .Xauthority and .xsession-errors
That might help.
Maybe check the .xsession-errors files before deleting it, it might have an error message.

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #7

Hi Aaron Tokelove,

hit CTRL+ALT+F1 and login from the console (username&password) .

Then apply the following commands

sudo service lightdm stop

rm ~/.Xauthority

sudo service lightdm start

Retest if you can login.

BE AWARE of the commands , you should apply them exactly. Be careful of the dot (before X) and capital first letter in Xauthority.
EVERYTHING of that little things matter in Linux.


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