[plug] unable to login via gui after update of ubuntu 14

David Godfrey info at sbts.com.au
Thu Oct 15 02:02:21 UTC 2015

Hi David,

There is a possibility that you have an issue with low disk space.
If you login on the console and run

df -h | egrep -v 'tmpfs|udev' &&
sudo tune2fs -l /dev/xvda1 | awk '
   BEGIN { RBC=0; }
   /Reserved block count|Block size/ { if ($1=="Reserved") RBC=$NF; else RBS=$NF; }
   END { print RBC*RBS/1024/1024 " MegaBytes reserved for root only use";}'

You should get output like....

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1      7.4G  1.1G  6.0G  15% /
390.297 MegaBytes reserved for root only use

You can recover some "reserved for root" space by using tune2fs but read 
this page first....
Reserved space for root on a filesystem - why? - Unix & Linux Stack 

David G

On 15/10/15 08:43, David Buddrige wrote:
> Hi all,
> I run my laptop on ubuntu 14. Last night there were some automatic software updates from ubuntu, so I installed them, however, now I am unable to login via the gui. I can get to a console login using ctrl+alt+f1 and then login with my normal username and password, but whenI attempt to login via the gui, the X seems to crash and then bounce me back to the login screen.
> Has anyone else seen this problem? I've been googling for an answer- there was a suggestion that it might be related to permissions on my .Xauthority file, but my user already has ownership permissions on that file. Any thoughts on what might have gone wrong?
> thanks heaps all,
> David Buddrige
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