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Stuck in a log-in loop on Fedora 21 VirtualBox guest, how to fix?

asked 2015-06-23 04:09:57 -0600

updated 2015-06-24 03:17:08 -0600

This is the second time in a month I've had this problem, but I haven't found the cause or why it's behaving like this. I use a guest(Fedora 21) virtual-machine on a Fedora 21 host in VirtualBox for testing and I was going to install updates and the new kernel but I can't log-in...... it just loop's the log-in screen.

Why is this happening how can I repair this?

I can get a shell by using the other terminals(F1,F2,F3).

EDIT #1

I updated the system from a different virtual-console, re-installed @kde and installed kdm and set it to the default with system-switch-displaymanager but still the same issue persists. Any idea's?

EDIT #2

From my comment to pnadk's answer:

@pnadk I'm accepting this as the answer and thanks for the info, but if anyone else is reading this, it would be helpful to know more about the files/stuff that can cause this, the fix for me was log-in as another user and move all files(also hidden) from the broken users home directory to another location, and copy most of the hidden files(config files usually) from this healthy user to the broken users home directory and then I could login.

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Try to find something in logs , if you use kdm: /var/log/kdm.log, /var/log/Xorg.0.log and $HOME/.xsession-errors

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2015-06-23 06:19:04 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-06-23 04:52:34 -0600

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Maybe some configuration file has become corrupted and causes the desktop to crash when you try to log in? What happens if you switch to a shell and create a new user from the command line, and log in with that one instead? (check the man page for useradd for creating a user on the command line)

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@pnadk Thanks for the answer, I'm not where the computer is now but I'll try this when I get there.

somethingSomething gravatar imagesomethingSomething ( 2015-06-23 05:27:40 -0600 )edit

@pnadk I'm accepting this as the answer and thanks for the info, but if anyone else is reading this, it would be helpful to know more about the files/stuff that can cause this, the fix for me was log-in as another user and move all files(also hidden) from the broken users home directory to another location, and copy most of the hidden files(config files usually) from this healthy user to the broken users home directory and then I could login.

somethingSomething gravatar imagesomethingSomething ( 2015-06-24 02:55:11 -0600 )edit

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