Problem with booting into system

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Thu Aug 9 06:08:56 UTC 2007

Jason D'souza wrote:
> Hi
> I've lost access to my ubuntu system. I changed the HOME folder permission
> to a user permission. I recursively changed the permissions to read and
> write for the entire folder. And now I cant even login. As soon as I boot up
> I see a command line based black screen asking me to login. And when I try
> to login it says that it cant cd into the home directory. Please help me. I
> dont know why I keep making a mess out of my system.

I've done this.  Restart the computer and choose recovery mode at the
GRUB menu.  Login as root (you shouldn't need a password) then fix it with:

chown -R jason:jason /home/jason
chmod -R u+rw /home/jason

Matt Flaschen

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