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Old 02-09-2016, 07:23 PM   #1
ernie young
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MDM could not write to your authorization file...

After reading and trying different answers and not able to get root access anymore on my last occassion, I am asking for help.


MDM could not write to your authorization file. This could mean that you are out of disk space or that your home directory could not be opened for writing. In any case, it is not possible to log in. Please contact your system administrator.

I am also getting other errors on the TTY, but I shall start here.

I have tried deleting .ICEauthority, checked to see if I have enough disk space (my hard drive is 88% used), checked ownership of .ICEauthority. I'll be honest, I have tried other things since I have been trying different things for about 3 days now but daily matters push out this information.

I am running Linux Mint 17.2. This happened when I was using VMware Player and updating 17.2 with the latest updates. Thank you in advance for any help.

Last edited by ernie young; 02-10-2016 at 11:08 PM.
Old 02-13-2016, 02:10 AM   #2
Tim Abracadabra
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Hard to say with what little is given.
I'd think a permissions issue but it may be more than that.
Possibly your filesystem is mounted read only.

This could happen due to corruption.

What does the mount command from a terminal/console session say?

Post it here.
Old 02-22-2016, 08:48 AM   #3
ernie young
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Sorry, I thought I had provided enough information. I looked up what you mentioned and I got this through lsblk -f:

# lsblk -f
├─sda1 ntfs System Reserved
├─sda2 btrfs
├─sda3 xfs
├─sda5 ext4 /
├─sda6 swap [SWAP]
└─sda7 ext4 /home

Is this the right command or are you looking for something different? I have installed too, OpenSuse, from sda3 xfs. Thank you for your help. Sorry for the delay, I was away for a week.


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