I am not able to login into GNOME desktop, it happened yesterday after upgrade. In login screen, if I enter my password and press ENTER I am getting login screen again.

System details:

  • linux 4.4.5-1
  • gnome-shell 3.20.0-3
  • gnome-desktop 1:3.20.1-1
  • gnome-session 3.20.1-1
  • gdm 3.20.0-1


Few tips for you to help me:

  1. I am able to login in GNOME Wayland session but not with default GNOME (with xorg)
  2. I created new user (from console) but same problem occurs when this new user tries to login.
  3. output of uname -a: Linux ArchLinux 4.4.5-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Mar 10 07:38:19 CET 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Please ask if you need more info.


I guess the reason is

/etc/profile.d/bundler-exec.sh: line 12: `bundler-installed': not a valid identifier

in journalctl.log

Can you provide this file?

  • here is the script bundler-exec.sh ( sprunge.us/BKii ). can you please show what is wrong with it? – Edward Torvalds Apr 13 '16 at 12:20
  • I don't familiar with ruby enough, so You can try to comment out all rows in this file to check the error will disappear. – Sild Apr 13 '16 at 12:44
  • moving that file to some other location solves my problem ;-). thanks – Edward Torvalds Apr 13 '16 at 12:57

I had similar issue.. could solve it by restarting gdm:

login with Ctrl+Alt+F3 and type

systemctl restart gdm
  • This works thanks. But I have to do this every time. – Qian Chen Jan 15 at 23:49

I had this problem too. It was solved when I deleted my ~/.ICEAuthority file and allowed it to be recreated.


I had this problem and it turned out to be one of my Gnome Shell extensions, but I'm still not sure which one.

To check if this is your problem, open the Gnome Shell Extensions application (it will run in Cinnamon on Fedora and I'd bet other desktop environments). There is a "master" on/off switch that you can switch to Off and it will keep your existing on/off selections for the extensions. Then you can log in and see if you get kicked back.

My next step was to turn on the master switch and then turn off any extension that I didn't REALLY want, or that I'd recently enabled. I must've turned off the right one, because my logins are working fine now.

A few things that might indicate whether this is the cause of the problem for you: 1) Gnome 3 on Wayland and Xorg both kick you back to the login screen 2) Logging in with the Cinnamon or another desktop works fine.

I was never able to find a log that clearly indicated the problem, so if someone knows, that would be a nice addition to this thread.

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