My Ubuntu server just boots to the console and then I can't log in or do anything. It just gets stuck in a boot loop, I have Gnome installed as a GUI.

This happened after I used the command sudo chmod 766 / to try to unlock all folders. I did NOT use any command involving -R.

What shall I do?


-R flag is recursive which means it will affect parent directory and all sub directories and files. You have 3 options here really.

1.) just reinstall your system which is nice if you dont want to spend all day figuring out this problem and you didn't have anything you really needed on the system.

2.) extract data then reinstall. if you did have something on there that you needed try booting to a different medium (USB or optical disk) and extracting your file that way then reinstalling.

3.) spend hours trying to figure this problem out before giving up and drinking a 6 pack and playing some video games. then reinstall your system when you're done rethinking your life.

4.) (maybe) get realllllly lucky that someone did that and managed to fix it and that they're not drunk or playing video games so they post the answer in this thread.

Good luck homie

  • so i should do this? help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuReinstallation – Carl Lyrander Apr 3 '16 at 13:36
  • The same way you installed Ubuntu in the first place. Boot to the Ubuntu install medium. Look at the Ubuntu install documents they are quite detailed. EDIT: didn't see your link. Yes that exactly. – deputy_D Apr 3 '16 at 13:41
  • Okay I have tried to do as shown in the tutorial but doesn't work. – Carl Lyrander Apr 3 '16 at 16:56
  • Reinstall Ubuntu but don't keep any directories that tutorial keeps your home directories which you locked yourself out of. Just do a fresh install just like you did to install Ubuntu in the first place – deputy_D Apr 3 '16 at 20:29

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