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Old 03-28-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
bas602
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could not start kstartupconfig


i am new to the linux community - been using mepis8 for five months - no problems until yesterday
it won't let me logon
i get "could not start kstartupconfig - check your inst"
i have neither downloaded nor installed anything recently
nor have i knowingly made any changes
i can logon as root
it was suggested that i create a new user which i did and i can logon with this new identity
it was suggested that i tried repair in mepis user assistant but my original logon name does not appear in the user list
however when i tried to create a user identity using that name, i was told i couldn't as it already existed
all help gratefully received
 
Old 03-28-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
amani
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It may be a case of permissions.

As root do
#cd /home/username
#chown username .ICEauthority
 
Old 03-29-2010, 04:37 AM   #3
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thanx amani
when i google this problem there are hundreds of hits
[so it is not uncommon]
but no answers especially accessible ones
the linux community uses language which assumes a degree of familiarity but is largely incomprehensible to me - a real newbie
i've spent two days trying to sort this problem, read hundreds of posts, perused the real as well as the virtual and i don't have a clue as to how to go about solving it
presumably most of the people who have had this problem have resolved it
why can't i find out how?
bas
 
Old 03-29-2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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basically you need to change ownership of the hidden file .ICEauthority

# is the shell prompt
 
Old 03-29-2010, 03:11 PM   #5
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thank you for your response
you said -
As root do
#cd /home/username
#chown username .ICEauthority

assuming that you mean the lost username
the first line produced a negative response - this file does not exist
and the second line produced no response

you then said
basically you need to change ownership of the hidden file .ICEauthority
i have no idea what this means

thank you for your input
but you seem to have no idea what newbie means
 
Old 03-30-2010, 12:39 PM   #6
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You may have automatic updates enabled and something went wrong.

See the Mepis forums/file bug
 
  


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