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Old 03-01-2006, 01:39 PM   #1
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Can not find /home partition in Xserver

I have Xubuntu 32 bit installed, / Root is on sda3 and I had /home on sda4. I used Partition MAgic to resize the sda4.

Now when I login I get the message

No directory, logging in with HOME=/

When I try and startx

I get the machine hanging with
xauth: timeout in locking authority file
it says this several times and then just shuts down the xserver and come out of the GUI into CLI.

I can boot up in recovery mode.

Can someone advise on how I can sort this out from the recovery boot rather than reinstalling the whole thing again.

Many thanks.
Old 03-01-2006, 02:02 PM   #2
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It sounds like partition magic has done something it shouldn't have. Were there any error messages when you used it?

I'd use something else to check the partitions - can you download the system rescue cd from and use parted or qtparted to check your partitions?
Old 03-01-2006, 06:49 PM   #3
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I did get an error message but I am not sure what it was. PartMagic managed to resize the partition. The problem is that I can not access it now the eay I want to.

When I look at /home I can see a coppy of the whole of /Root in there. It is almost as if the is a copy of the root partition within /home.

It looks as though I have to do a re-install, again.
Old 10-14-2006, 04:06 PM   #4
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Same thing after installing slack 11 over 10.2 w/o formatting home partition

It's a dead thread, I know, but maybe...
I saw 11 was out, and got way too excited, but remembered to install it on my test box first. Was running 10.2 on it with partitions for /usr and others, and decided I don't need those after all.
Consolidated the / partition into one, but leaving my /home partition intact, wrote it all in cfdisk. I won't go into the fact that I had to do it twice since I had previously mounted my partitions in order to remove the packages, but now you know.
Installed Slackware from CD with the huge26.s kernel, set / to /hda6, /home to /hda7, and /boot to /hda1.
Went through the usual, adduser (-G wheel,-g video, audio, disk, floppy, cdrom), startx, played around a bit, then didn't like the way my home folder was set up so I moved the folders into subs that I created. Maybe irrelevant, but some folders wouldn't drag'n'drop so I $mv'd them. I moved my program files into /Program_Files, including Freetype and other font libraries that were dependencies of other porgrams--not x, obviously, subsequents like cairo. Hmmm....built into slack11 but not 10.2.
I don't remember why I wanted to logout. But I did. And it hung a bit, I think the message was "Free Font Type FPP should be 1 is 2 fixing". Tried to startx again, and it hung bad with timeouts on x.serverauth, eventually logging into x with a box that said "Cannot start kdestartup check your installation [okay]".
Root logs in fine, but when I log into my user it's "No directory, logging in with HOME=/". I chowned, I chmodded, I chranupthewallandbittheceiling.
usermod -d (all permutations) did not help, neither did usermod -g users (thought maybe wheel main was messing me up).
I noticed that I have two /home dirs, under / and under /hda7--same files and folders. I know that the / structure will include other partitions, so I can't imagine that's the problem.
Help me. HOME={}.
/spare some change?


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