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Old 01-18-2009, 06:18 AM   #1
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unable to launch any application in ubuntu 8.10

its strange, i could open some apps like browser or terminal, but i am unable to open some tools like azuerus, synaptic, amarok etc. it seems that they are starting but they won't.
i got this error while trying to run synaptic:

failed to run /usr/sbin/synaptic as user root (although i am running it as a normal user) unable to copy user's Xauthorisation files
i think the problem is that, i made two large torrent download at night, and went to sleep, and as i don't have enough space in ubuntu partition, some problem might have occur.
as in morning i started ubuntu, the x server refused to start with no error message. so, i went to recovery mode and checked the option "try to clean space" (thinking that it might be a space related problem due to thoose downloads). but now, i have got this problem. is that cleaning space in recovery mode has deleted some important files??. if yes, how could i get them back or any other methods please.

i have only 800 mb left with my ubuntu
Old 01-18-2009, 08:51 AM   #2
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It looks like you fixed the space problem. Maybe some things are not installed. You can try this which might fix that.

sudo apt-get --fix-broken
Then you can try synaptic again to see if it works. If it still doesn't work, try this:

mv .Xauthority bu.Xauthority
Then logout and back in again. I don't think a reboot would be necessary. Then try synaptic again.


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