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I made some changes to ~/.pam_environment but I made a mistake. There's a problem with the file syntax now and I can't log in. My home directory is encrypted and I don't have a backup user account to use. I've done some research on mounting it from a Live CD, but it seems to be read only.

Is there a way to force it to skip that file or to mount the file system in read/write mode?

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"That file" (~/.pam_environment) is unavailable until you mount and decrypt you8r home directory!

Once you've booted a Live CD, you can gain read/write access with mount -o remount,rw <device> command, then follow these instructions.

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