[kwlug-help] Loss due to a chown and permissions change on .ICEauthority file

Johnny Ferguson hyperflexed at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 11:45:09 EDT 2011

I don't know if it's the case here, but I've found this is also a 
symptom of ecryptfs not decrypting your home folder properly on login. 
(files mysteriously disappearing, getting tonnes of errors)

When you boot your machine and get to the login screen, hit CTRL+ALT+F2 
and log in through the TTY.

run the command:
`ls -al`

If `ls -al` creates too much stuff on the screen, use `ls -al | less` 
and you can scroll through it, and hit 'q' to exit.

If you see a file with a really weird name ending in something like 
PRIVATE, your home folder isn't being unencrypted. I usually fix that 
with a reboot, but I recall it being more painful one time.

If this isn't the problem, then you have something really strange going 
on. Paul's rescueuser solution sounds like a good bet.


On 08/18/2011 10:25 PM, pinecone wrote:
> Hi all:
> After a recent ubuntu update using update manager I was getting a
> warning about ICEauthority not working. I was also getting frequent
> mouse/keyboard freezes. Research led to advice that the owner was root
> and that was not correct. I chowned the file to my username and changed
> the permissions with chattr 600.  Now, my gui refuses start properly, an
> error says that it can't reach my home directory, a damaged libconfig-2
> error appears and I am ultimately left with a mouse pointer moving
> around the screen with nothing to click. When I changed to xface or safe
> gnome gui on startup no change. I went in to the home dir in a console
> and it appears my evolution has wiped my mail and left empty dirs! I was
> forced to walk through the evolution install wizard on one bootup but I
> didn't expect to loose my mail system!   It seems I am faced with
> emergency file restoration and abandoning ubuntu.
> BTW, what is the ICEauthority file all about?
> I desperately need to recover as much as I can in any event. I have a
> serial backup drive which I nope to employ but I am no command line
> expert at all.
> Any thoughts?

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