I have just installed Fedora 10, with full updates. I am using Gnome.
I am unable to login as my user name - Fedora is giving me error message "Unable to update ICEauthority file" and just leaves me at the pretty desktop backupground without access to anything.
I have created a new account and am able to login under the new user name but that dosn't solve my problem of loggin in as the main user.
I was messing around with SAMBA and rebooted when this happend so I believe that the problems are linked.
Funny thing is, I am unable to login from the login screen as ROOT. I get an error message to the effect of Unable to authenticate user... but I can SU - in the secondary user name I created via 'rescue' mode from the disk.
I have googled around and most of the "Could not update ICEauthority" 'stuff' hasnt worked: i.e:
deleted ICEauthority ... rebooted still gives ICEauthority message trying to login
copied ICEauthority from new user.. rebooted ... still gives ICEauthority error message. ....
what does this ICEauthority even do? .... I have no idea.
[root@miranda ~]# ls -l /home/spinifex/.ICEauthority
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3840 2008-11-24 16:19 /home/spinifex/.ICEauthority
I would appear that ICEauthority has somehow messed with my permissions and mixed me up with being ROOT user rather than just normal privaliges user. This
seems to indicat that this may be the case. I found it linked to on the Ubuntu forum
Anyone able to help me 'recreate' a valid ICEauthority without screwing up my ROOT user?
Ok... appear to have it fiixed.
I found the answer here
$chown user -R /home/user (where user is obviously your user name - run as su - ) and I am now able to log in as my preferred user name.
I still have not fixed ROOT as I am unable to log in as ROOT. It says 'unable to authenticate user' at the login screen.
Would still like tips on that if anyone has any pointers.