ICEauthority

Asked by paul on 2013-02-02

When I try to log in it says .ICEauthority could not be updated. What can I do? I can't login.

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2013-02-02
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2013-02-02

Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to a terminal. Log in.
Make sure your home directory is still owned by your user and also look at permissions of .ICEauthority:
cd /home; ls -la
cd ~/; ls -la | grep ICE

Boot to root recovery mode and run:

chown -R foo:foo /home/foo

Replace foo with your username. Eg:

chown -R dave:dave /home/dave

Then run:

reboot

Try logging in again.

This kind of issue often occurs when sudo is incorrectly used. If you use the sudo command in combination with a graphical utility, then you get this kind of issue with .ICEauthority. I know, because I used to make this mistake myself.

Please read this (especially the part about graphical sudo):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo

Forgive me, if my assumptions are wrong. Still, it is better to know than to be sorry....

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