Unable to log on

Brian Fahrlander brian at fahrlander.net
Fri Aug 17 18:11:17 UTC 2007

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Mike Leech wrote:
> I am unable to log on to Ubuntu desktop.
> I have been using Ubuntu as my main computer for over a year now.
> My current configuration is:
>     Ubuntu-desktop version 7.04
>     Celeron processor running @ 2.4 Ghz
>     40 Ghz HD
> I get a message:
>     "GDM could not write to your authorization file. This could mean 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 
> you system administrator."
> I have be using SBackup on my system. It is configured to do a 
> differential backup for six days followed by a full backup.
> My guess is that I have failed to remove old backup files and that my my 
> HD is filled.

   I agree with the other poster- use Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or others) to get to
a text screen, get in if you can, and clean up the file space.

   Also, if you'll press Esc during Grub, you can put it into
single-user mode where you'll be logged in as root, and can get to it
right there. (See Google)

   There's also a chance that /tmp might get cleaned on a reboot, and
that's where your temporary file resides, sucking up needed space...

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