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Old 04-02-2010, 01:39 PM   #1
steve francis
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Locked out of Ubuntu desktop by permissions error


After a recent set of updates were installed in Jaunty Jackalope, my permissions seem to have been corrupted.

Now, when I boot up, I get the error message
"Could not update ICEauthority file/ home/me/.ICEauthority

followed by
"There is a problem with the configuration server. (/usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status-256)"

followed by
"Nautilus could not create the following required folders: /home/me/Desktop, home/me/Nautilus."

Then I just get a brown screen and a mouse pointer - nothing else.

I tried booting in recovery mode and when I type
ls -l /
on the root command line, my permissions are

drwxr-xr-x home
drwxrwxrwt tmp
drwx------ lost+found


plus several other files. Any attempt to access home/me files from the root command line is met with permission denied.

Have I lost all my home files?
 
Old 04-02-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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What do you get when you type 'ls -al /home' and 'id'? How about 'cat /etc/{passwd,shadow,group} | grep username'

(might wanna edit out the identifying username and encrypted hash)

Last edited by rweaver; 04-02-2010 at 01:51 PM.
 
Old 04-02-2010, 02:01 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for your fast reply.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rweaver View Post
What do you get when you type 'ls -al /home'
drwr-xr-x 4 root root ...... +
drwr-xr-x 21 root root ..... ++
drwx------ 2 root root..... lost+found
drw-r--r-- 49 me me ..... me

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and 'id'?
uid=1000(me) gid=1000(me) groups=4(adm),20(dialout),24(cdrom),46(plug dev),106 (lpadmin),121(admin),122(sambashare),1000(me)

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How about 'cat /etc/{passwd,shadow,group} | grep username'

(might wanna edit out the identifying username and encrypted hash)
I get a long list of stuff. I can't cut and paste so I am typing all this out on a different pc. Is there anything in particular from the list you require or should I type it all out?

Really appreciate the support!
 
Old 04-02-2010, 02:07 PM   #4
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There's your problem, or at least part of it. Your home directory is rw-r--r-- should probably be rwx------ Try this: 'sudo chmod 700 /home/me' as root. You must have execute permissions on a directory to be able change into it or any of its subdirectories... or 'sudo chmod o+x /home/me'
 
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:49 PM   #5
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Quote:
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Try this: 'sudo chmod 700 /home/me' as root.
rweaver - you're my hero! I am back typing this on my previously inaccessible desktop.

I am having a problem with Nautilus still but I will describe this on a new thread as it may not be related.

Main thing is that I'm back up and running. Thanks again!
 
  


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