It thinks deleted user account exists, still tries to load it.

Asked by Matthew Camphuis on 2011-09-15

I just bought a netbook from a friend and it has Ubuntu on it, have never used the operating system so I am very unfamiliar with it. When I got it I made a new user profile, gave it admin rights then deleted the original user profile(was named daniel). Now every time I start the computer it thinks that the user still exists, since it cant find the files it will not load the profile properly and the computer will not work. There is no option to go to a different user.

I read online that deleting the user cache should fix the problem, but there is no way to do that that I know of. I have tried going into InsydeH20 but can't see any option for that either.

These are the exact errors I get on start up.

Could not update ICEauthority file /home/daniel/.ICEauthority

There is a problem with the configuration server.
(/usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 256)

Next I see,
Error
The panel encountered a problem while loading
"OAFIID:GNOME_FastUserSwitchApplet".
Do you want to delete the applet from your configuration?

Pressed don't delete.

Error
The panel encountered a problem while loading "OAFIID:GNOME_IndicatorApplet".
Do you want to delete the applet from your configuration?
Pressed don't delete.

Nautilus could not create the following required folders: /home/daniel/Desktop, /home/daniel/.nautilus.
Before running Nautilus, please create these folders, or set permissions such that Nautilus can create them.

Have gone through and done the same thing but pressed delete instead of don't delete and it ends up the same.

It brings me to the desktop but with no options. At this point all I can do is look at the calendar, time, battery strength and the Ubuntu icon on the far top left. But clicking on the Ubuntu icon does nothing. I can press the shut down button and it gives me the usual shut down, restart, etc. options.

How can I fix this? Is there a way to delete the user cache?

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Last query:
2011-09-18
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2011-09-21

Boot to root recovery mode and run:

chown -R daniel:daniel /home/daniel; chmod 1777 /tmp; reboot

Should be ok

Ok, sorry to have to ask but how do I boot to root recovery mode?

Just realized I forgot to say thanks for the reply :).

I did try what you said and it didn't work. Do I need .ICEauthority to chown -R daniel:daniel /home/daniel; chmod 1777 /tmp; reboot, after where it says daniel?

that didn't work either, any ideas?

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gconf/+bug/269215

Try:

sudo chmod 775 /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.system

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