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Re: [vox-tech] boot failure with KDE
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Re: [vox-tech] boot failure with KDE



On Sun, 2010-06-13 at 21:38 -0700, Thomas Johnston wrote:
> I am running Kubuntu 10.04 and I am no longer able to boot up as
> normal.  I make it to the login screen without any indication of a
> problem.  After typing in my user name and password, it continues to
> boot.  Normally the remaining boot sequence shows several icons
> appearing in the center of the screen; however, after the first icon
> appears the system now hangs.  After several minutes an error message
> pops up reading:
> 
> "The following installation problem was detected while trying to start KDE:
> No write access to $HOME directory (/home/thomas).
> KDE is unable to start."

I see you've tried fscking the drive to look for drive errors, but have
you tried looking to see whether an indiscriminate typo caused you to
change permissions on your home directory?

ls -l /home  and see whether you have write permission on /home/thomas
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