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I changed my password then chnaged it back again. Now I cant get back into my user adnin message...could not update ICEauthority file/home/username/.ICEauthority This has probably been covered can somone point

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Maybe that file has wrong permissions or belongs to another user. Check that it belongs to your user and has only read and write permissions to that user:

sudo -i
ls -la /home/<your_username>/.ICEauthority
(example output) -rw------- 1 username username 109968 Sep 10 10:30 /home/username/.ICEauthority

If something is wrong you can fix it with those commands, then logout and login again:

To fix the ownership: sudo chown <your_username>:<your_username> /home/<your_username>/.ICEauthority

To fix read/write permissions: sudo chmod 600 /home/<your_username>/.ICEauthority

Hope this helps.

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to salem HI on ls -la ~/.ICEauthority I get ls cannot acess /home/username/.ICEauthority: no such file or directory –  Antony Sep 10 '12 at 18:20
    
if I write sudo chmod 600 ~/.ICEauthority it asks for password then says cannot acess no such file or directory –  Antony Sep 10 '12 at 18:22
    
to salem HI on ls -la ~/.ICEauthority I get ls cannot acess /home/username/.ICEauthority: no such file or directory –  Antony Sep 10 '12 at 18:28
    
yes you are right, i think if using sudo ~ is interpreted as the root's home folder. I updated the answer. –  Salem Sep 10 '12 at 18:30
    
ls -la /home/<your_username>/.ICEauthority bash: antony: No such file or directory maybe I wrote it wrong? –  Antony Sep 10 '12 at 18:38

I have solved this. The problem was with 11.10 in some way. I had given up, so I put the 12.04 CD in to start the new installation. Well I thought that I would just try the proceedure 1 more time.

ubuntu@ubuntu:/media$ sudo ecryptfs-recover-private
INFO: Searching for encrypted private directories (this might take a while)...
INFO: Found [/mnt/home/.ecryptfs/antony/.Private].
Try to recover this directory? [Y/n]: y

Well with the 12.04 live CD it all went correctly and offered me the chance to use my mount passphrase at last. And I just copied the home directory into my w7 partition while I re-installed. So the lesson is use the 12.04 live cd even if you are running 11.10 etc. Alls well that ends well.

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