This is a Debian build of Linux Mint, but should be able to work on other versions of Linux. When I try to log in, it looks like I am able to enter the workspace, then it spits out an error of

Could not update file ICEauthority /home/user/.ICEauthority

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How to fix this is: Boot up, and when you are prompted to log in, hit Ctrl + Alt + F1.

When the terminal opens, type your user name, then the password. You now should be in your account/user from the terminal. From there type:

sudo chown username:groupname /home
sudo chown username:groupname /home/username
sudo chown username:groupname /home/username/.ICEauthority

If you don't know your groupname, typically it is your username, but to check use id -gn. Once you have typed the three sudo chown commands correctly, hit on of these:

Ctrl + Alt + F7
Alt + F7
Ctrl + Alt + F8

This now should've moved you back to the main GUI log in page. Log in and you now should be able to access your account/user in GUI mode


I know this is old but I found my problem;

sudo chown username:groupname /home/username/.ICEauthority

This is what I needed so I hope any other will find this and get it working.

I got this after I wanted to start into CLI by systemctl, but then I couldn't start GUI and hours went by searching, until now by using: (not exactly correct but you get the idea)

systemctl set-default.target multi-user.target

and the above fixed it.

  • This is a Q&A site, the purpose is to provide answers to questions. Providing an answer that's "not exactly correct but..." isn't exactly very helpful. Please edit the question to complete it so that another, less experienced user who doesn't necessarily "get the idea" can attempt to resolve their issue by following your advice. Apr 1, 2023 at 8:15

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