I have a somewhat embarrassing problem and I'm not sure how to solve it.
When I was much newer to Ubuntu, I had a lot of trouble with my .xsessions-errors file filling up and googled a lot to figure out what to do with it. Being a bit uncritical at the time, I ran across lots of pages advising how to redirect the file to dev/null without realizing that this severely limits your ability to troubleshoot problems later. I foolishly followed the instructions on these pages without really understanding what I was doing, and now my .xsessions-errors redirects to dev/null as expected. Now I'd like to be able to look at this file for troubleshooting and am not sure how to do so. As far as I can tell they are linked symbolically, but I am not able to remove the symbolic links through the usual ways (or perhaps they are rebuilt immediately after I do so).
russ@Daedalus:~$ ls -la
drwxr-xr-x 59 russ russ 4096 Jul 30 14:08 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 10 2012 ..
-rw------- 1 russ russ 53 Jul 24 09:53 .Xauthority
lrwxrwxrwx 1 russ russ 9 Jul 24 09:53 .xsession-errors -> /dev/null
lrwxrwxrwx 1 russ russ 9 Jul 2 16:48 .xsession-errors.old -> /dev/null
-rw------- 1 russ russ 0 Jun 20 03:13 ZoLDlq
Can anyone suggest a course of action to fix this? I assure you that I am well aware of how stupid this was, and I am wearing my virtual hair shirt as I type this. Running 12.04 LTS.