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Old 10-14-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Ubuntu login circle: type userid+p/w, wait a few seconds, returns to login prompt

I was working on my .profile; it worked fine in an xterm. Rebooted. Now I can't get past the login screen. Accepts my userid&password, blinks a bit, then returns to the login screen. The only other "user" is guest, which apparently is useless for su. I'm sure that if I could disable my .profile (ie. move it, etc), I'd have it working again. Ideas?

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Old 10-14-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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there are few things you can do.

1) log in in a terminal by pressing ctrl+alt+f2 type your user name and your passwd and create a new user from the command line using the useradd command.
read this how to

2) the other thing has been done and discussed on this thread

I have been there and done that myself

3) being a little radical with this solution but you still can re install the OS. It will be good for practice anyway.

Good luck to you
Old 10-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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Thank you! I managed to fix things up (ie. mv .profile profile) a different way, but I'll try your method if I need to in the future. I guess I forgot to mention that Ubuntu was running in a VM to begin with; sorry. This is what I did:
1. used VMware's [VM] to power up to bios, and switched the boot order to use the "cdrom" first
2. used VMware to boot from an iso image rather than "hard disk"
3. ran "try ubuntu", and mounted the hard disk
4. used sudo and moved the problematic file.
5. used VMware to revert to the original boot order and to boot from the hard disk rather than from the iso file


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