[nSLUG] An unusual Ubuntu logon problem
johnweintraub at gmail.com
Sun Aug 16 19:14:56 ADT 2015
Your Jill account ended up in single-user mode. You can try a couple of
things, they should work. The first is to type 'telinit 5' (no quotes) or
'sudo telinit 5', which should put you back into graphical/multi-user mode
(normal operations for most Ubuntu systems running a GUI like gdm, kdm, or
xdm, or lightdm).
Then log out, once in graphical user mode. The system should retain the GUI
(runlevel 5) in its configuration. To be sure, once you logged back in, do
a terminal-based shutdown and restart ('sudo shutdown -r now'). You should
find Jill back at runlevel 5.
The other thing to try is typing 'sudo startx' at the single-user
terminal prompt. The reason for the 'sudo' is, it will launch runlevel 5 in
admin/root mode, so you can make edits to whatever files you need, such as
inittab, which is where the runlevel is recorded. Then log out, once in
graphical user mode. The system should retain the GUI (runlevel 5) in its
configuration. To be sure, once you logged back in, do a terminal-based
shutdown and restart ('sudo shutdown -r now'). You should find Jill back at
Let us know if either of these worked.
On Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 11:54 AM, Norm <anamelech at gmail.com> wrote:
> You might find something in the. ~jill/.xsession-error log. I've only had
> this happen when home directory permissions get changed, or using an
> 'obscure' shell
> *From: *Frank Geitzler
> *Sent: *Sunday, August 16, 2015 15:39
> *To: *nslug at nslug.ns.ca
> *Reply To: *Nova Scotia Linux User Group
> *Subject: *[nSLUG] An unusual Ubuntu logon problem
> I have an old laptop running Ubuntu 12.04. I have several logon IDs on
> it, one with Administrator authority (call it 'Jack'), and one without
> Administrator authority (call it 'Jill'). When I show the file system, and
> open the 'home' folder, there are two folders inside the 'home' folder:
> 'Jack' and 'Jill'.
> When the computer is powered on, the Ubuntu 12.04 logon selection screen
> appears, prompting for a choice of user and password.
> When the 'Jack' user logs on, the normal Ubuntu 12.04 desktop appears, and
> the computer behaves normally. However, when the 'Jill' user logs on, a
> full-screen terminal session appears, and it is necessary to click the
> mouse on the terminal session in order to be able to enter terminal
> commands. Entering the 'exit' command logs off the 'Jill' user, causing
> the Ubuntu 12.04 logon selection screen to re-appear, prompting for a
> choice of user and password.
> I have no idea what could have caused the change in the 'Jill' ID, which
> previously had a normal desktop. I could just delete the user and
> re-create it (no significant files would be lost), and will probably do so
> in a few days, but it would be interesting to find out if there is some
> other way to determine what might have happened, and perhaps recover the
> use of the ID in a less drastic way.
> Does anyone have any suggestions?
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