Lucid: "Could not update ICEauthority file /home/kevin/.ICEauthority"
Fairly recently, logins started to give a little dialog box saying
"Could not update ICEauthority file /home/kevin/.ICEauthority"
Clicking "close", things seem to proceed normally. The login and its desktop are usable. But this is annoying.
From ls -l .ICEauthority, I get
-rw------- 1 kevin kevin 30725 2010-11-13 19:49 .ICEauthority
I have tried renaming this file away, and still get the same message, so I
renamed it back.
I see another similar thread, but they couldn't finish logging in, and their fix does not apply to
me because my home directory is already 0755.
I have no idea what this file is for, or what to do about it.
I did some searching on this issue, and all the info I could find points to a permissions issue with .ICEauthority.
Have you been running the system as root, or launching graphical apps with sudo?
See these threads for possible solutions:
Also check that you haven't run out of disk space.
I had this issue this morning after reinstalling openSuSe 11.3 and resolved it by the following:
Open a SU terminal in /home/youruser
enter: chown yourusername:users .ICEauthority
This sets the ownership to yourusername:users
Reboot and all should be fine. There are quite a few solutions out there and most advise to chmod to 644 or 777 however a few experts have strictly advised against this as it opens the file to the world and is more of a brute work around than a solution with finesse.
If you use this advise please give me some rep, I would like to get off of zero :)
I had this error message in Natty, your solution worked fine. Thanks
The way I fixed it...
My system crashed during an upgrade to Natty Narwhal. It refused to try to fix that, but instead wanted to go straight to Oneiric Ocelot. I crossed my fingers, having little other choice. Amazingly, it seemed to do the full upgrade. But then I found that I had this thread's issue.
I tried many of the suggested owner:group and permission fixes, but none had any effect. I couldn't get into Gnome, but I had SSH access, so I could make changes from there. The final fix for me was:
sudo apt-get install lxde
Then reboot (it went to lxde), and log in to Gnome to verify that it was working. Then because I didn't need it:
sudo apt-get autoremove lxde
That's all, and everything is fine now.
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