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    Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEauthority

    Hello forum!
    I recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity as the default desktop environment, but I wanted Gnome 3 instead. So the installation of Gnome 3 and Gnome Shell went through, and I'm presented with a nice "gnomeish" gdm, but when I type my user password and try to log in all I get is this:

    Code:
    Could not update ICEauthority file /home/pontus/.ICEauthority
    And all I can click is a button that logs me out.

    I've tried from the terminal to change owner and rights and I've even tried to delete the file, but I still get this dialog every time I log in.

    Is there something else I can do and what may cause this strange problem?

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Grozzy; May 3rd, 2011 at 10:06 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    I just got the same thing when installing it 15 minutes ago. Ubuntu 11.04 with Gnome 3 installed from the ppa-repository. I removed .ICEauthority but it didnt help.

    I've tried the following so far:
    - chmod -R 1777 /tmp
    - chmod -R 777 ~/.local
    - Create an empty .ICEauthority-file and chmod 777 it

    No success.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    exactly the same problem happen to me when i update from unity to gnome ,also try different permission ,please help

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    Hi,
    Same problem here

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    This sometimes occurs with moving /home and these were the fixes suggested then.

    Sometimes there are dmrc errors or permission errors and this has how to correct them:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/dmrcErrors
    #Replace all instances of username with your login name or use $USER or $HOME
    sudo chown username:username /home/username/.dmrc
    chmod 644 /home/username/.dmrc
    sudo chown username:username /home/username
    chmod 755 /home/username

    .ICEauthority errors
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6161267
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1590835
    sudo chown $USER:$USER /home/$USER/.ICEauthority
    sudo chmod 644 /home/username/.ICEauthority
    or depending on permissions desired:
    sudo chmod 600 $HOME/.ICEauthority

    fred@fred-MavericDT:~$ echo $HOME
    /home/fred
    fred@fred-MavericDT:~$ echo $USER
    fred
    fred@fred-MavericDT:~$
    Last edited by oldfred; May 1st, 2011 at 09:12 PM.
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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    This sometimes occurs with moving /home and these were the fixes suggested then.

    Sometimes there are dmrc errors or permission errors and this has how to correct them:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/dmrcErrors
    #Replace all instances of username with your login name or use $USER or $HOME
    sudo chown username:username /home/username/.dmrc
    chmod 644 /home/username/.dmrc
    sudo chown username:username /home/username
    chmod 755 /home/username

    .ICEauthority errors
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6161267
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1590835
    sudo chown $USER:$USER /home/$USER/.ICEauthority
    sudo chmod 644 /home/username/.ICEauthority
    or depending on permissions desired:
    sudo chmod 600 $HOME/.ICEauthority

    fred@fred-MavericDT:~$ echo $HOME
    /home/fred
    fred@fred-MavericDT:~$ echo $USER
    fred
    fred@fred-MavericDT:~$
    Thank you for that, however it did not work for me. I tried all of the above and I still get this error.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    Quote Originally Posted by ipx View Post
    Thank you for that, however it did not work for me. I tried all of the above and I still get this error.
    Didn't work for me either. This is what makes it so strange.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    I have faced similar problem and finally found the work around.

    I have taken following steps ( I am sure that some one will find more easy way to do that.)

    1. By pressing CTRL+ALT F1 I could go command line mode.

    2. I have installed lxde as alternative desktop manager just to keep my work.

    3. From the Others menu I could figure out gnome3 manager.

    4. Made the changes to stop autologin.

    Voilla...

    rebooted and selected gnome3 session...

    Everything worked as expected and .ICEauthority error disappered and now I am using Gnome 3 on Natty.


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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    Quote Originally Posted by techgs View Post
    I have faced similar problem and finally found the work around.

    I have taken following steps ( I am sure that some one will find more easy way to do that.)

    1. By pressing CTRL+ALT F1 I could go command line mode.

    2. I have installed lxde as alternative desktop manager just to keep my work.

    3. From the Others menu I could figure out gnome3 manager.

    4. Made the changes to stop autologin.

    Voilla...

    rebooted and selected gnome3 session...

    Everything worked as expected and .ICEauthority error disappered and now I am using Gnome 3 on Natty.

    Hm.. I tried doing that, and when I logged into the lxde-session and looked inside "Login Screen" settings there was no autologin. However, now when I logout and login as "Gnome/Openbox" it will now show a black screen for a second and then right back at login screen.

    All I get in the syslog is two Gtk-WARNING's with some gtkwidget

    Edit:
    I also tried removing all gnome-related configuration folders (.gnome, .gnome2, .gconf, .gconfd, .metacity), still the same problem.

    These are the two error messages I got:
    gdm-simple-greeter[3075]: Gtk-WARNING: /build/buildd/gtk+3.0-3.0.8/./gtk/gtkwidget.c:6786: widget not within a GtkWindow
    gdm-simple-greeter[3075]: Gtk-WARNING: gtk_widget_size_allocate(): attempt to allocate widget with width -47 and height -47

    This guy seems to have the same problem: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1738674
    Last edited by ipx; May 1st, 2011 at 09:57 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.04 Gnome Shell "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/user/.ICEautho

    I installed LXDE and it was all I needed, because I need to end my day here in Finland
    I think this error is supposed to occur when you have autologin enabled, so I will try enable autologin and then disable it. Maybe you can try that and let me know if it works.

    Good night and see you tomorrow!

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