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I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons....

Postby ferminako on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:24 am

Hi everyone, yesterday I turn off my computer using halt comand from terminal , but mint didn't turn off so I had to quit the power, and now my computer starts with errors and I can't see the menu , or icons, I have tried commands like apt-get instal gnome, upgrde or similars but noone worked.

I let you some pics about the errors, everytime I tried to install or upgrade whatever I have got an error speaking about broken packs...

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Could anyone help me in order to avoid the reinstallation??? I had configured all my develop environment...

Thanks!
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby viking777 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:42 am

These look like ownership errors - as if your /home/username directory (or parts of it) have become owned by root.

If you can get into a virtual terminal you should be able to fix that, but I am not sure at what point you are getting those errors.

If you see a login window then don't log in, but just hit Ctl/Alt/F1, then log in as user root with your normal password then run the command:

chown -R yourusername:yourusername /home/yourusername

Obviously you substitute your proper username in that command where I have typed 'yourusername'.

Reboot and see if that gets you working.
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby ferminako on Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:38 am

I'm gonna try it!
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby ferminako on Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:52 am

First of all I gotta say I'm sorry, because some errors that I've posted are in Spanish.
Translate:
2)There's a `problem with the server configuration... got out with the state 256.
4) The panel has found a problem while it was loading....

I rebooted my laptop, I couldn't use the login window, but I could use the virtual terminal as root
and I used:
chown -R fermin:fermin /home/fermin
as you said, but it's still not working, I've got the same errors and same problem.

Maybe you need something else like a error log or whatever, just ask me please , I would hate to reinstall the OS... :(

Thanks viking777
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby viking777 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:13 am

Oh shame, that is not it then, maybe permissions instead.

The last error is asking you if you want to remove mintmenu from the mate panel - have you tried saying yes?

Also the third error is saying your permissions are wrong for caja. You can alter this from the virtual terminal the command would be

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chmod 0755 /home/firmin/.config/caja


And while you are there also

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chmod 0600 /home/firmin/.ICEauthority


But my guess is that once you have changed those it will just pick something else to complain about :(
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby ferminako on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:20 am

I've tried those commands but when I try, I get an answer like: this path doesn't exist :(
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby viking777 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:45 am

Oh dear, that sounds serious. Please go back into your virtual terminal and run the command:

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ls -al /home/firmin


If folders like .config are missing then you are going to have to reinstall I fear.
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby ferminako on Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:11 am

I've just did It and that's The result, I'm afraid...
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Re: I turn off mint with halt command, now no menu, no icons

Postby viking777 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:11 pm

Thanks for the picture. I see you have encryptfs installed there, so this means you have an encrypted home folder I presume. I always believe that encrypted home folders are far far more dangerous than unencrypted ones for the simple reason that you have just found out. Your chances of having your computer hacked or stolen are much less than your chances of breaking something in this manner and then never being able to use your computer again without reinstalling. I have read about this too often to ever dream of using encryptfs myself.

So basically I can't help you any further, in my opinion you will need to reinstall and if you want my advice then don't encrypt you home folder next time - it is too dangerous.
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