Cannot logon as user

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at
Wed Jun 1 07:37:28 UTC 2005

On 01/06/05, Vicky <shriked at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I cannot login to either Gnome or KDE (or even IceWM) and i keep
> getting this error message as soon as I login.
> "GDM could not write to your authorization file.  This could mean that you
> are out of disk space or that your home directory could not be opened for
> writing.  In any case, it is not possible to log in.  Please contact your
> system administrator"
> However, I can login and use the computer with no problems as Root.
> Any suggestions or things that I can try out?

I would guess your .Xauthority file is not owned by you anymore, but
by root.  For example, mine on my machine is owned by my username:

$ ls -l /home/daniel/.Xauthority
-rw-------  1 daniel daniel 215 2005-05-31 20:13 /home/daniel/.Xauthority

Daniel Robitaille

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