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Old 10-05-2007, 12:26 AM   #1
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Unhappy “User’s $HOME/.dmrc” file is being ignored.

hey this is the first time i am posting here,

I got the following problem after upgrading my rhel from 4 to 5,at the login...

“User’s $HOME/.dmrc” file is being ignored. This prevents the default session and language from being saved. File should be owned by user and have 644 permission. User $HOME directory must be owned by user and not writable by other users

i tried finding solution, one suggested to run the following on ComLine,

chmod 644 ~/.dmrc
>>> but got following msg when tried it...
chmod: cannot access `/home/<user_name>/.dmrc': No such file or directory

to no surprises i got no '.dmrc' file in my home directory...

Please help...
Old 10-05-2007, 01:22 AM   #2
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Have you tried creating the file?
touch ~/.dmrc && chmod -c 0644 ~/.dmrc
It's odd that it hasn't created it for you. What are the permissions on your home directory?
Old 10-05-2007, 02:07 AM   #3
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the code did create the .dmrc file, but how does it help in solving the problem...
Old 10-05-2007, 02:42 AM   #4
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I solved the problem by running the follwing...

>>>as root
chown <myusername> /home/<myusername>
>>>as <myusername>
chmod 700 /home/<myusername>

the msg is not coming anymore at the login...

Thanks for your reply, time and support...
Will get back in case of any other problem...

Last edited by freezykid; 10-05-2007 at 02:44 AM. Reason: identifying commands in post...
Old 05-12-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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Thanks that really savd me from having to reinstall ubuntu.
Old 05-23-2009, 11:15 AM   #6
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Thanks that really savd me from having to reinstall ubuntu.
Same lol. i was having the same problems and now i think its fixed. One more to a truly brilliant forum

Old 07-09-2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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thx guys, you saved my day
Old 07-16-2014, 03:52 AM   #8
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User’s $HOME/.dmrc” file is being ignored.

Hello there,

I had the same error.
My scenerio;
I have two user

When i log in with root username,i have this error.
But when i log in with oracle username,everything works fine.

After having problem i googled it and i wrote from terminal as recommended in here;

In my case;

--I logged in with root username and did write following commands in terminal

chown oracleracle /home/oracle/.dmrc
chmod 644 /home/username/.dmrc
chown oracleracle /home/oracle
chmod 755 /home/oracle

--I do not know if any wrong step i took while writing these commands from

--On the other hand when i try to find /.dmrc file i could not find it out.

---There is a file named oracle in my home path. I checked sub-folders. How can i exactly where it is?


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