I have the issue described here: after a sudden stop, I can no longer log in because the computer simply flashes the login screen whenever I enter the correct password.
I followed the solution described in the top answer to that question, and rebooted. However, the issue persisted.
I noticed that on login Ubuntu is asking for
Alex; when I reset the password using the procedure there I was told that there is no account
cut -d: -f1 /etc/passwd revealed an account
alex, which I did reset the password for.
On the login screen I hit
Ctrl+Alt+F1 to bring up
ttyl1, which prompted me for username and password again. Entered
alex and the same password as before, again, and this time it worked...I'm now logged into
What's going on, exactly? How do I get back to logging in?