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    Cannot log into user profile through Gnome

    Hi all,

    I had my system crash this morning. After restarting the computer, everything appears to be OK. However, when I click on my normal user, and then enter my password, the monitor flashes and then I end up back at the GDM choice of users.

    I can log in just fine as Guest. In doing some searching, there were some notes about deleting the .Xauthority file from the home directory. I did that, and then also deleted the lock file within the /tmp folder. After shutting the machine completely down, I tried logging in again. But, that didn't help.

    If I hit ctl-alt-f1, I CAN log in to the shell, so I know my user does exist. Trying to use startx from here just gets me the msg about lock files.

    Using Ubuntu 12.04 64bit

    Robert

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    Re: Cannot log into user profile through Gnome

    81 people viewed and no replies? Wow!

    Anyways, a quick answer for anyone that digs this thread up in a search for the same problem.

    There are three .Xauthority files in your home directory.

    .Xauthority
    .Xauthority-c
    .Xauthority-l

    You have to delete all three of them to fix the problem!

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    Re: Cannot log into user profile through Gnome

    Thanks this works for me
    "WHEN THE WOUNDS WERE HEALED AND THE WAR WAS THROUGH WE'RE ALL BE DYING JUST THE SAME"

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