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I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and I'm new to Linux family. I have a problem with logging in to it. After I enter password and press enter it says:

Could not connect to session bus: //bin/dbus-launch terminated abnormally without any error message

According to this question "could not connect to session bus" on login I tried to login as guest user and succeeded. So it's "definitely a problem with my home folder". And O think I know what the problem is.

The question is: how can I get access to my home folder?

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I found this post on the ubuntu forum:

But let's try other thing, do this;

sudo -i

then go to /homeand do ll

you will see something like this:

:/home# ll
total 4
drwxr-xr-x  6 root    root     128 2012-01-31 09:26 ./
drwxr-xr-x 25 root    root     704 2012-02-13 07:31 ../
drwxr-xr-x 81 marcelo marcelo 3008 2012-02-20 20:08 marcelo/
drwxr-xr-x 20 test    test     784 2012-01-31 13:10 test/

you us what you see in yours.

in mine there are 2 users: marcelo (me) and test (for other reasons). inside your folder do ll again and let's see how is the owner o that folder.

you can do (as root) chown user folder/ and chgrp group folder/

In my case to change the folder /test to me and my group "marcelo" is this way:

chown marcelo test/
chgrp marcelo test/

Hope it could be helpful.

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Thank you for the post about setgid:operation not permitted. About the other thing 'sudo -i' it shows error 'unable to change to sudoers gid'. – Alberto Feb 21 '12 at 12:01

Problem is solved. Since I wanted only to get access to my home folder, I used ubuntu livecd to boot and modify /home/{username} folder contents. I haven't faced all these problems that were described. As I suspected the problem with logging in happened because of incorrect configuration of pam_environment file. I used this help page to create file


with the following contents



May be this will be helpful for somebody. How to make configuration work - I guess this is another question.

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great! this could be very helpful! – maniat1k Feb 21 '12 at 12:42

You can log in as guest and then execute the command su - username from shell (replace 'username' with your user name). It will ask you for your password and afterward you will be able to access your home directory.

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This is not working. It says 'setgid: Operation not permitted'. – Alberto Feb 20 '12 at 22:12

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