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Old 11-05-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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ICEauthority error in Ubuntu 8.10

I get this error whenever I begin the log in process:

Could not update ICEauthority file /home/rick/.ICEauthority
Then it doesn't let me log on until I hit "OK"

I tried using this fix but it didn't work.

Boot into recovery mode and choose to drop to a root shell. If you don't know how to do that, check out the first half of this tutorial.

Then type

chown rick:rick /home/rick/.ICEauthority
chmod 644 /home/rick/.ICEauthority

and resume the normal boot. That should fix it.
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.

(Oddly, internal sound works fine.)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Old 11-06-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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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.

Old 11-11-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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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

$ sudo chmod rick:rick /home/rick/.ICEauthority
$ exit

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.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:47 AM   #4
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Check your own permissions to your home folder

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
Old 11-01-2009, 08:01 AM   #5
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Question Same Problem in ubuntu 9.10

I have installed ubuntu 9.10 and face the same problem.
My DVD drive is also being not work properly.
Help ...
Old 11-04-2009, 02:38 AM   #6
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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:

mv ~/.ICEauthority ~/.ICEauthority.backup
sudo chown <user>:<user> /home/<user>
sudo reboot
By the way, this problem affected the sound system and prevented all sorts of sub-systems from starting normally. For example the volume control in the panel disappeared.

This kind of thing should NEVER happen and is a great example of "when-things-go-wrong" in Linux they really go wrong - and the average non-techie user will simply give up and go back to Windows.

Good luck!
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:52 AM   #7
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$ sudo chmod rick:rick /home/rick/.ICEauthority
This almost worked for me.

After I did this (with chown not chmod) I was able to log in, but I have lost all of my setting. JPGs to appear correctly on the desktop, and so on.
Old 09-05-2010, 09:40 AM   #8
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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.
Old 09-08-2010, 03:42 PM   #9
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maybe add it ?

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
sudo chown...
if counter=(some value) then
show message "Something is wrong"
end if
end if
touch .ICEauthority
end if
into KDE/GNOME or script which is executed on start
Old 11-15-2010, 02:44 AM   #10
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sudo chown <user>:<user> /home/<user>
it was worked for me, but when I tried to start Klamav from CLI using
sudo klamav
everything goes bad...

the .ICEAuthority appears again and my Klamav couldn't get some update...

Could anyone please help me...



gnome, iceauthority

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