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Problems to log in

Postby atanil on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:12 pm

My system crushed after I runed out of disk space.
I rebooted and I can't log in anymore.
I have the system configured to automatically log in without password however KDM now is asking for password.
Even if I input the correct password the login screen refreshes and asks for password again.
I am inputing the correct password cause I can log in on console mode.
I can't log in even on safe mode.

After few tries and searching on web I decided to reinstall.
I can log in normally with a /home on same partition of OS install but if I change my old /home partition the problem returns.
So I'm sure that the problem happens due to some config file in my /home directory.

Any ideas ?

I using Mint 7 KDE.
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Re: Problems to log in

Postby lagagnon on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:38 pm

Login problems are usually due to a mistyped password or lack of hard drive space.
Please login via recovery mode, use the simple menu in recovery mode to get a root terminal and type:

df -h
sudo fdisk -l

and show us the output of those commands.
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Re: Problems to log in

Postby atanil on Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:57 pm

Thanks for the help.
Looks like problem was lack of HD space.
I used my Mint main Edition install and deleted a lot of files.
After that Mint KDE works properly.

Is it posssible to give the user a log message when system can't log in due lack of hd space ?
For experienced users it's not a problem but can be a big headache for normal users.
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Re: Problems to log in

Postby lagagnon on Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:31 am

atanil wrote:Is it posssible to give the user a log message when system can't log in due lack of hd space ?


Probably not because the reason you can't log in is that no temporary file space can be set aside to do basic systems operations - let alone sending the user a message! This would happen in any operating system which does not have enough hard drive space to perform basic creation of required temporary file space.

I suggest you get a larger hard drive or increase the size of the Mint partition on which you installed the OS, or get an external drive and move all your data to it.
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