Ubuntu

incorrect/misleading error message says home folder should have 644 permissions instead of 755

Reported by Justine Salo on 2005-12-18
10
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gdm (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned

Bug Description

After logging in, this message appears:

your $HOME/.dmrc file has incorrect permissions and is being ignored. This
prevents the default session and language from being saved. File sould [sic] be
owned by user and have 644 permissions.

It's either incorrect and should read 755, or misleading for a noob who would
read it as needing to change the home folder permissions to 644 (a terrible idea
that makes ubuntu freak out) when the way to make the error message go away is
to change home folder permissions to 755.

Craig Sampson (ubuntu-psi-aus) wrote :

Hmm. I was originally going to post a bug report on this bug because of a spelling error in Breezy (I'll get to that), but I saw this existing report and wanted to comment.

The poster (above) is correct, simply changing your home directly permissions (not the contents necessarily) will make this error go away. So, I can confirm the bug (in Breezy). After doing as suggested I no longer get the error upon login.

Now, for those that do get the error, there is a spelling mistake:

"$HOME/.dmrc file has incorrect permissions and is being ignored. This prevents the default session and language from being saved. File sould be owned by user and have 644 permissions."

Look for the word "sould" in the last sentence.

Cheers,
Craig

meborc (meborc) wrote :

this same error message appeared in Dapper Flight 4 gnome default installation...

just so you guys know :)

Rajeev Nair (rajeev) wrote :

Happened for the first time to me this morning on a FEISTY

I got 2 errors . First was could not write to ~.ICEauthority which is probably related to the other error of permissions mentioned above

I changed ownership of home to myself and also a 755 on it . 644 is probably incorrect and a newbie wont even know what that means.

AJenbo (ajenbo) wrote :

It is saying to change the permissions of the ~/.dmrc file, not the home ~/ folder.

This is likely caused my changes to the files during a backup process, or in Rajeev's case upgrading directly to the latest version and not going the supported rout.

Logan Rosen (logan) on 2012-10-22
affects: ubuntu → gdm (Ubuntu)
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