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I get into this endless login-cycle if I attempt logging with my main user - I tried Gnome Classic and regular Gnome, but after I login it sends me back to the login.

The only way I can login is through another user.

This means that there's some hidden setting file in the home directory that messes things up.

How can I debug this further?

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Since it only happens for a specific user, examining this user's ~/.xsession-errors could be useful.

Since you're using Debian, have a look at the files in /etc/X11/Xsession.d, they're sourced by Xsession and thus give you an idea of what's happening when a new X11 session is started; e.g. 40x11-common_xsessionrc is the place where ~/.xsessionrc (i.e. USERXSESSIONRC set in /etc/X11/Xsession) is sourced.

  • Argh. .gnomerc had a commented out line which changed it to use xmonad, it had trouble parsing the comment delimiter and killing the entire line seemed to do it. Thanks. – meder omuraliev Jul 30 '12 at 23:20

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