Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

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Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby blacknail on Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:14 am

Hi all,

I've been using for some months Linux Mint 10 64 bit in my Vaio laptop. Some weeks ago someone close to me, which doesn't have much knowledge handling computers or Linux, needed to use it. So, to simplify things, I temporarily removed the password on my account. I'm not certain if it has to do something with it (it probably does, of course), but since then, my Linux got messed up. When I enter Mint, a dialog appears with the message
Could not update ICEauthority file /home/blacknail/JCEauthority
Immediately after I hit the "Close" button, another dialog pops-up with the following message:
There is a problem with the configuration server. (/usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 256)
Again, after hitting the "Close" button, the system resumes loading, but with a third dialog displaying an error:
The panel encountered a problem while loading "OAFIID:GNOME_mintMenu". Do you want to delete the applet from your configuration?
The window has two options: "Don't Delete" and "Delete". Either if I choose any of the options, the pop up goes away but I'm only left with the Mint welcome screen and the system bar (without the menu button), so I can't do anything. Still, when I close the welcome window, another warning appears, saying
Nautilus could not create the following required folders: /home/blacknail/Desktop, /home/blacknail/.nautilus. Before running Nautilus, please create these folders, or set permissions such that Nautilus can create them.
The scenario continues: I have nothing but the desktop with the system bar, without the menu.

I alreday intended to install another Linux Mint version, and although I have the majority of my data in a safe place, there are some things I would like to back up from my distro. So, I need to copy some files before reinstalling Mint. If I try to run a Linux Mint live CD to accomplish that, I can't access my files, a message about not having enough permissions to do that is displayed.

So, does anyone have an idea how can I recover my data?

Thank you all,
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby oobetimer on Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:27 pm

Via liveCD, terminal command gksudo nautilus should open all locks for you. You must mount your partitions before using gksudo nautilus.
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby blacknail on Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:41 am

Thanks oobetimer, I'll try it!
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby blacknail on Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:27 am

Hi again,

I've just had time to look to this now. Typing "gksudo nautilus" in the terminal hasn't changed things for me. However, after typing "gksudo caja", it opened Caja as root, but when I get to my folder, there is a README.txt file and a "Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop" one. Inside README.txt there is:

THIS DIRECTORY HAS BEEN UNMOUNTED TO PROTECT YOR DATA.

From the graphical desktop, click on:
"Access Your Private Data"

or

From the command line, run:
ecryptfs-mount-private


So, if I try the first option, it gives an error:
Failed to execute child process "xterm" (No such file or directory)


If I try the second one, the terminal gives me a different error:
ERROR: Encrypted private directory is not setup properly


I've searched Google, tried some suggestions and nothing worked. Does anybody has a hint on this?

Thanks,
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby blacknail on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:21 pm

Can't anyone help me? :\
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby remoulder on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:31 pm

Mint 10 has been obsolete for over 18 months and no longer supported, You should upgrade to a newer version.
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby bimsebasse on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:40 pm

Why would anyone install Mint 10, now?

(sorry, realize this is incredibly unhelpful - but try an updated version)
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby zerozero on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:49 pm

blacknail wrote:Typing "gksudo nautilus" in the terminal hasn't changed things for me. However, after typing "gksudo caja", it opened Caja as root,

afaik the OP is not using mint10 (to best of my knowledge); caja is mate's file manager and wasn't available in mint10.

blacknail can you please provide us the output of
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Re: Mint 10 got messed up with permissions

Postby blacknail on Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:48 pm

Hello again,

First of all, thank you for your replies. remoulder and bimsebasse, I installed Mint 10 more or less one year ago, and I did it because version 11 and 12 often crashed in my laptop. As paradoxal as it may seem, I can't upgrade now, precisely because I need some files I still have in the hard disk.

zerozero, I'll try that and keep you informed about it.

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