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In an attempt to free up disk space as I was 100% full and could not write to the disk anymore I ran

Sudo rm -rf /tmp

Seems like that was a rather stupid thing to do as I cannot login into my machine via the GUI. I can log in though when pressing Ctrl, alt and f1 and access everything via the command line.

How do I go about fixing this?

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If you recreate /tmp with the correct permissions, hopefully that will fix it:

sudo mkdir -p /tmp
sudo chmod 1777 /tmp
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  • When using mkdir /tmp it says already exists – Richlewis Feb 23 '14 at 11:29
  • Looks like the chaos worked, all working now...thank you – Richlewis Feb 23 '14 at 11:30

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