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Since this started, I can't get any sound from external devices (CD, DVD, nor Ipod) and GIMP doesn't work. I can't access any of the logout features using the Gnome desktop option. It all worked initially when I upgraded to 8.10 from 8.04.
Distribution: Switched to regualr Ubuntu, because I don't like KDE4, at all. Looks like vista on crack.....
Can you give us the output of this command ?
ls -l /home/rick/.ICEauthority
The problem is that you don't have permissions to write to .ICEauthority, and those chown and chmod commands are trying to fix that. You have to run those commands as sudo or root, if you use root, and it doesn't look like you did run them as sudo, or root.
I've also had luck simply deleting it, as sudo or root, and then letting the system recreate it on reboot, but changing it is the better solution I think.
Boot in to recovery mode?! Blimey, talk about over complicating an issue.
There is absolutely no need to use recovery mode. If you need to change the ownership of the file then all you need to do is run the chmod command as root. Boot as usual, hit ctrl-alt-f3 to get a text login prompt login as yourself and run
The press ctrl-alt-f7 to go back to the GUI login screen.
But I'd just delete the file. There's nothing in there that matters (unless you're actually logged in with a graphical session) and deleting it also deals with the potential situation that the file is somehow corrupt and that is preventing it being updated properly.
If the file is repeatedly ending up as being owned by a user other than yourself then you have a problem somewhere.
I was experiencing the same problem,
and after trying to change ownerchip and permissions on the file as said above, even deleting it,
the err. still existed.
So I checked my permissions on my home folder and I saw I could only r en x my files in /home/'username'
so after simple chmod to rwx for my own user name a simple loging created the file again and problem was solved
I also recently had this problem with Ubuntu 8.10 after doing an update via UPdate Manager. I think whatever packages were updated may have inadvertantly screwed up my home directory ownership and made both the owner and group of my home directory as root!! However, the permissions for the .ICEauthority file were still correct and both owner and group were still set to my username. The fix that worked for me was:
I had a similar solution to changing the permissions. I believe the cause of my problem was attempting to install veetle. My issue was it changed the permissions for my entire home directory and not just my .ICEauthority. Check if you have permissions for any file in your home directory, if not...restart in recovery and scroll down to root. type chown user:user /home/user make sure to use your login name in place of "user". Good luck.
I saw that problems with file .ICEauthority is very common.
So is there any plans to add similar instruction:
if exist .ICEauthority then
if error="error with accessing..." when try to acces .ICEauthority then
if counter=(some value) then
show message "Something is wrong"
into KDE/GNOME or script which is executed on start