Xenial login failure

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 14:28:22 UTC 2016


On 12 July 2016 at 08:57, Chris Green <cl at isbd.net> wrote:
> We have two X201 machines running xubuntu, never had a problem.

I used to have the same problem on 14.04 as well, but less often, and
a reboot always cleared it.

> When you say 'refuse to log in' what actually happens?  As the guest
> login works there can't be much fundamentally wrong, it has to be
> something in your user configuration.

I enter the password, or swipe my finger over the scanner, and a
spinner appears next to my login name... and just stays there,
spinning, indefinitely.

The machine is not busy. There's little disk activity & the cooling
fans stay on low.

> Can you get a console login (CTRL/ALT/Fn where n = 1 to 6) and login
> as yourself using that?

I thought I'd mentioned that. Sorry! Yes I can, and I can log in fine
on the console, with password or with fingerprint.

Previously, when this happened, my normal habit was to log in on the
console, do an

'apt update ; apt dist-upgrade -y'

... and then reboot. That cleared it. Not this time.

> It would be worth looking at ~/.xsession-errors, that might give a clue.

Thanks -- I'll do that.


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