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spandey 11-17-2012 10:24 AM

Mint 13 Xfce boots to tty1
all of a sudden my Mint 13 Xfce system boots to tty1 prompt. When I try to login as normal user the login fails. But I am able to login as root. After logging as root I can StartX.

pierre2 11-18-2012 06:48 AM

can you then log out & log in - as you ?

TobiSGD 11-18-2012 06:53 AM

Check the output of

df -h
Something like that usually happens when you run out of space on your system partition.

spandey 11-20-2012 05:02 AM

Sorry I cannot login as myself i.e. using my userid in tty1 prompt. With userid as 'root' am able to login.

The system partition is 20 GB and around 15 GB is free..

spandey 11-20-2012 06:14 PM

Found a funny thing while logging as user in tty1 there is a message unable to CD to '/home/userid'.

TobiSGD 11-20-2012 07:12 PM

Please post the output of

sudo fdisk -l
df -h

and the content of your /etc/fstab file.

spandey 11-21-2012 02:52 AM

Here are the deteails

TobiSGD 11-21-2012 05:50 AM

OK, that is weird. You have a separate /home-partition (which is mounted) and enough free space on all of your partitions. Usually when you have symptoms like you have either the /home-partition isn't accessible or the /-partition is full. The error message about not being able to cd to your home-directory indicates something like that.
As next step i would recommend to login as root and check the contents of the /home-partition. Is your user's home directory present? Which permissions are set for that directory?

spandey 11-21-2012 09:01 AM

My home directory is present. Permissions are perfectly fine.


drwxr-xr-x 32 spandey spandey  4096 Nov 19 19:39 spandey

I am suspecting that the system is messed up. May be just reinstall it.

TobiSGD 11-21-2012 09:03 AM

Before doing that i would try to add a new user and look if you can login as that user. If that works then you don't need to re-install the system.

spandey 11-23-2012 10:33 PM

I created a new user id but with new userid it's the same issue. I am going ahead with new install.

I have puppy linux installed in the same machine. I had changed the UTC=yes to no in /etc/default/rcs file. I somehow suspect that messed up the system!!!
Anyway thanks a lot for all your help.

spandey 11-28-2012 08:59 AM

I just did a trial install in a spare partition and changed a file in /etc using Puppy. Now mint 13 boots to tty1. I am not sure if it's there in Ubuntu as well or it's mint specific.

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