Fedora 9 installation problem

Tod Merley todbot88 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 03:56:16 UTC 2008

2008/7/21 Oz Bonfim <ozbonfim at yahoo.com>:
> I've just installed Fedora 9 on my computer.
> I got the following message:
> The GNOME session manager was unable to lock the file
> '/home/bonfim/.ICEauthority'. Please report this as a GNOME bug. Sometimes
> this error may occur if the file's directory is unwritable, you could try
> logging in via failsafe session and ensuring that it is.
> Can you help me with "logging in via failsafe session" ? or any other way.
> Thanks,
> Oz
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Hi Oz!

I get a lot of hits if I Google "ICEauthority".

I would:

1. Start a terminal.

2. Do a "cd /home/bonfirm"   # Go to the home directory

3. Do a "ls -l -a                     # List all fines (even hidden
(-a)) in long form.  This shows ownership and permissions of all the
files and direcories.   You could do a "ls -l -a .ICEauthority" since
that is the file you really want to check.

4. If the owner is not "bonfirm" then "su"   # Obtain super user authority

5. Then "chown bonfirm:bonfirm .ICEauthority"  # Change owner to
Bonfirm.  Note what the owner was before doing this - that may well
tell you which progam is changing this file.  Also, check the SELinux
policies of the file.

Good Hunting!


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