Hi, I'm using Linux Mint 14 and have faced the following problem recently:
after removing and installing some of the software (torchat and LibreOffice to be exact) and rebooting I found myself not being able to log into my system.
first thing I noticed was simply a console line offering to enter my login and password, after that it greeted me with
all my attempts to run startx resulted in nothing but a black screen with an active mouse arrow
briefly serfing the net I've found that installing mdm could be a possible solution, however, after I did that, I've started logging into this very black screen immediately, skipping any time in console
so the only way to get to shell is to drop there using the recovery mode
when I try to launch startx there I get the following message
also I can't remove or install anything using this shell due to blocking issues with /var/lib/dpkg/lock and being unable to write anything in /var/cache/apt/
I'd appreciate any suggestions about working this mess out. Thanks in advance
asked 06 May '14, 16:55
You may have a locked .Xauthority, it will appear as a second .xauthority, either preceded by a ~ or followed by a .loc in roots $HOME directory. By all means remove it if it's there but I wouldn't startX under root, use a less authoritative (and therefor less potentially destructive) user to test changes in the system.