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The first line of the excerpt from .xsession-errors posted, shows that /tmp cannot be written to. This is confirmed by the output of ls -ld /tmp showing permissions 755 for /tmp, when they should be 1777 (read/write/execute permissions for everyone + sticky bit, so only root can remove the directory). To rectify this, do sudo chmod 1777 /tmp Edit: As ...


A solution to this problem is available by changing the source code and recompiling the package (described for 12.04 through 14.04 at http://vaab.blog.kal.fr/2013/04/04/fixing-empathy-in-ubuntu-12-10/#tl-dr). The description is suitable for beginners of programming and/or system administration. This problem is registered with Canonical with at least 2 bug ...

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