I changed my ~/.profile and added few lines to make it run when i login to my user account :

google-chrome # to start chrome
code # to start vs code
exit 0

but since then i can't login i tried to use guest session to login with ctrl+alt+f1 but whenever i type my username and password i get logged in then it asks me to log in again, if I can undo my changes to that file I think I will be able to log in back normally but every solution i found depends on the ctrl+alt+f1-f6 solution which won't work for me...

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    You could probably use recovery mode to fix this. See How do I boot into recovery mode? – wjandrea Dec 21 '17 at 9:01
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    BTW, it's the exit 0 that's the main problem. It signs you out as soon as it runs. Also, GUI programs (i.e. Chrome and VS Code) should be set up in Startup Applications, not ~/.profile. – wjandrea Dec 21 '17 at 9:03
  • I couldn't reach the GRUB I tried to hold shift and tried esc but both didn't work, my labtop is hp i remember getting into it on lenovo, i don't know what is the wrong thing I'm doing – Ashar Dweedar Dec 21 '17 at 9:38

You can boot from Ubuntu install CD or USB. Your hard drive should automount in a subdirectory in /media/ubuntu/harddrive_blockdevice_number/ which will be the root directory. Then edit the profile from that directory:

sudo vi home/username/.profile

  • i couldn't get to the file but i used USB to reinstall ubuntu again – Ashar Dweedar Dec 21 '17 at 15:57

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