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I updated available packages just after the installation at first time in ubuntu 13.10.After the installations I restarted to finish the installations.The thing is, in the log in screen I put my correct password and then it goes back to the log in screen. I've tried so many times,but still the same.I can't log even as a guest user also

I followed some instructions to this that I found from some forums.

method 1

Press CTRL+ALT+F1 and log in there and run:

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER $HOME

Then press CTRL+ALT+F7 and try to log in

this didn't work for me

method 2

  • Login as root ( Alt + Ctrl + F1 to get tty1)
  • chown youruser:youruser /home/youruser/.ICEauthority

    make your youruse has full rights to the home directory chown -R youruser:youruser /home/youruser

this is also not worked to me

note: I had removed mozilla thunderbird before getting updates from repositories(But I don't think that the root cause is there)

please help me.


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There might be some problem with .Xauthority file. You can try following.

Login as root (CTRL+ALT+F1)
chown youruser:youruser .Xauthority
chmod a+x .Xauthority
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its not working :( – user248746 Feb 16 '14 at 8:25
can you provide the content of your .xsession-errors file. – g_p Feb 16 '14 at 8:35

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