[K12OSN] Users can't log into their Linux accounts

Dan Young dyoung at mesd.k12.or.us
Thu Oct 21 17:11:25 UTC 2010

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:03 AM, Seema Ali <sali at vsb.bc.ca> wrote:
> I've had Linux running for years and I've never experienced this before.  I
> was creating Samba accounts and changing ownership on folders and all of a
> sudden it said that the user (my) home directory did not exist anymore.  I
> logged onto the server as root and everything is still there.  However when
> I or any other user now tries to log in it says that it doesn't exist.
> Error message:
> Your home directory is listed as:
> '/home/username'
> but it does not appear to exist.  Do you want to log in with the /(root)
> directory as your home directory?
> It is unlikely anything will work unless you use a failsafe session.
> What happened?  I checked root's history and I only changed ownership for
> subdirectories.

Make sure "other" has the rx bits set on  /home:

$ ls -ld /home
drwxr-xr-x. 4 root root 4096 Oct  1  2009 /home/

Dan Young <dyoung at mesd.k12.or.us>
Multnomah ESD - Technology Services

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