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After upgrading to Xubuntu 13.10 I rebooted once and found that after login, regardless of account, I end up stuck after the login window disappears, with a movable pointer and the background from the login screen. I am running ecryptfs on the main account's home partition but even the guest login yields the same result. What do I need to fix this?

(I can reach a text terminal so I can post logs on request.)

(I've tried this question's solution to no effect: Can't login after upgrade)

Reinstalling lightdm and xubuntu-desktop also had no effect.

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It appears that a number of packages were marked for upgrade but these operations were never applied. After manually upgrading all possible available packages, lightdm still does not work but gdm does, which is an acceptable workaround for me.

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