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F19: Stuck in Login Loop

asked 2014-09-09 10:23:34 -0600

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updated 2014-09-09 13:43:27 -0600

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We were required to shut off all PCs and monitors last night due to some generator testing. This morning when I booted up my PC that is running Fedora 19, I get all the way to the login prompt. When I tried to login with my regular user account "ann" (not root), I am sent back to the login prompt. I see a grey screen that says Fedora at the bottom, then a black screen that lets me know the system is booting the 3.14.7 kernel again, then the login prompt reappears.

I went ahead and logged in as root successfully, from the gui login prompt. I changed the password for "ann", but no luck. So I created a second user account "annb" and I was able to login.

What is the correct procedure to follow when this occurs? And is this a sign my system is on the brink of failure? I do have a clonezilla image I can restore. Thank you.

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answered 2014-09-10 10:32:19 -0600

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  • Check permission on ann's home directory
  • Check ann's shell: getent passwd ann or cat /etc/passwd | grep ann
  • View log files /var/log/messages, /var/log/secure
  • Switch to text mode (CTRL-ALT-F2) and login as ann
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I restored my clonezilla image before seeing your answer. If this problem reoccurs, I will try your suggestions. Thank you.

ann b gravatar imageann b ( 2014-09-10 15:04:32 -0600 )edit

Confirmed above answer is correct. Thank you @swilson!

I found myself stuck in the login loop this morning. I was able to login as root from the login prompt. When I checked the permissions on /home/ann, they were set as follows:

root root 755

So I ran the following:

#chown -R ann /home/ann

I restarted the PC, and all is well. I was able to login.

Please note, I did undo the change and try again. Again I was stuck in the login loop. I just wanted to make sure it was the permission change that cleared the problem and not the reboot.

ann b gravatar imageann b ( 2014-12-16 09:57:14 -0600 )edit

Tks guays. It worked for me do the chown thing. I did the same: chown fnogueira /home/fnogueira, restarted and done =). Thanks very much !

Derico gravatar imageDerico ( 2016-09-08 09:07:08 -0600 )edit

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