Pretty much everything is in the title, really! ;) I installed a few components to compile go programs, and the last step was to add the go directory to the path. Being a total ubuntu noob, I added the line PATH="Path/To/Folder", after the one that was already there.

After the first reboot I can no longer log into ubuntu (the screen black-out for a while and then I'm back to the login screen, and the same chime greets me.)

I've been able to boot in recovery mode, open the root's profile with vi, but I cant find my other user's profile, nor pretty much anything..

Any hint would be greatly appreciated!


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Recovery mode doesn't necessarily get all your partitions mounted(sometimes it does). Even if it does you need to think of it as a child directory tree that isn't attached to your '/'. Then chroot to it and everything will be where you expect.

IIRC(if i remember correctly) - recovery mode tells you where the running system's root is mounted. With that information you can go to /where-rescue-mode-told-me-it-was-mounted/home/user/.profile

okay, so I just checked. Been a while since I had to use recovery console. Use the remount all as RW option before dropping to a root shell. It drops you in /root/ as you would expect.

So to get to user .profiles:

cd /home
cd listed_username
nano .profile

change your:




You said you're using vi. I specify nano because it's easier for new linux users.

  • Hi, and thanks for helping! Is IIRC supposed to be a command? The prompt is stating root@my-machine-name, but I cant seem to find my way to my profile, nor query it to know whether the correct partition was mounted. Ubuntu is running in a vmWare virtual machine, so I doubt there would be more than one partition. I didn't create anyone more.
    – Pinpin
    Mar 19, 2012 at 17:49
  • thank you very much, that did the trick! I'm from Win world so I'm stiil hazy as to the organization of the file-system in there. As soon as I was able to get to my .profile and edited it correctly, everything when right!
    – Pinpin
    Mar 19, 2012 at 19:21
  • Also, I will no longer look for the IIRC command! ;)
    – Pinpin
    Mar 19, 2012 at 19:22
  • here's the standard system organization tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesystem-Hierarchy/html/… Mar 19, 2012 at 20:03

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