View Full Version : Can't login after install of 12.04 LTS -- need help!

August 22nd, 2013, 05:53 AM
I installed 12.04 over a less stable version. The resulting system would not boot. I used the Boot-Repair tool (see results at http://paste.ubuntu.com/6012606/). The system now boots but the login process is an infinite loop. I login, the screen darkens, and I get the same login prompt all over again. Big time thanks to anyone who can help me access my data, which I keep in a separate partition (\=sda1 and \home=sda5). I'm completely out of ideas!

August 22nd, 2013, 07:09 PM
An additional piece of info: I *am able* to login from the recovery command line. Helpful ideas, hints and thoughts are most welcome.

August 22nd, 2013, 09:14 PM
Did you reuse your original home directory? if so check its ownership and permissions are correct

ls -l /home

Also check permissions on your .Xauthority and .ICEauthority files

ls -l /home/user/.{ICE,X}authority

where user is your actual login name

August 23rd, 2013, 12:25 AM
Bingo! I lacked write permission to my home folder. Thanks so much for helping-you saved my ass and my sanity.