Sign-on Problems

Chris Blythe cblythe at
Sat Dec 9 14:04:37 UTC 2006

Thanks for the advise Jack. I'll definitely try that. But before doing
so I'd like to figure out 'the ghost in the machine' as it were.
Being a newby, I don't quite have a handle on the inner workings just
yet, so the situation is somewhat unnerving. I'd hate to 'correct' the
problem but leave a mystery power-user profile lurking in the dark

How could there be two separate instances of my User profile existing
at the same time?

System->Preferences->Session Options does not list other sessions, and
System>Admin>Users and Groups lists only the normal users plus the
'root' account (which has no privileges -- seems strange to me.)

And where the heck would so many instances of file browser come from?
It's different every time! (This time it was 7, last time it was 3.
One time 14 separate instances opened!)

If I was running Windows I'd suspect an infection of some sort.


Message: 8
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 18:31:05 -0800
From: Jack Bowling <jbinpg at>
Subject: Re: Sign-on Problems
To: The Canadian Ubuntu Users Community <ubuntu-ca at>
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On Fri, Dec 08, 2006 at 03:53:32PM -0500, Chris Blythe wrote:
> Houston, we have a problem...
> Can't seem to wrap my mind around this one. Hoping you veterans can
> send me in the right direction.
> I'm running Edgy on an old Dell box. Each time I log in I have to do
> it twice. First time, after inputting my password, Nautilus opens, the
> upper and lower bars appear, but my desktop does not. My graphic does
> not show nor do the files I have on the desktop. Not even the default
> graphic shows. Just a plain beige field. What's more, between three
> and 14! instances of File Browser open automatically on the desktop
> before anything else can happen -- usually five. If I navigate to my
> desktop, or any other folder, everything is in order. All my files are
> intact. Even my admin status is intact. To correct the problem I have
> to off, normally, and log in again. After that everything is fine --
> until next time. Any ideas?

Hiya. First thing I would try is to go to:

System->Preferences->Session Options

and see if the "Automatically save changes to session checkbox" is
checked. If it is not, check it and then proceed to cancel all the
superfluous Nautilus screens and get your desktop the way you like it.
Then log out and log back in. You should now be spared all the crap.

Jack Bowling

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