I used this script to restore my files and installed packages (home folder not encrypted) after upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit. But when I tried to log in as a user, graphically, it just took me back to the log in screen. I can log on as a user via command-line from the log in screen.

As the solution to can't log into ubuntu after rsync restore of home folder, says to remove the ~/.Xauthority file from the home folder and create a new one, this didn't work for me.

  • Could you try going to tty1 and logging in? Then could you give the output of that? Apr 18, 2016 at 20:28

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When you backup and restore, the permissions need to be identical, otherwise, you will not be able to log in. You could probably boot into recovery mode and do a recursive chown on your home directory. This should probably fix it.

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