Since just now, I booted (I will number this boot (
-1)) and I cannot log into a Gnome session. I have Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS.
The problem: Entering my password, flashes the screen as it would do in a normal login to display my desktop, but instead it brings me back to the login screen.
Login fails with any of the two users (see below), so I guess it is not something related to any of the users, that I could solve by logging in in a console and
mv ~/.config ~/.config-old + rebooting.
This is a timeline of what happened
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (E) work (-2) some login ok VT1 failed login VT1 (-1) failed login VT1 + No X VT2 normally tinkering both users both users both users
and I will describe it next.
I was working normally
(B) = (-2), and still working normally.
I had only user
user1that I used for everything.
(C)I created user
guesta couple of days ago, to test something about login screens (and the failure may be related to this).
I was logged into a gnome session with
user1in virtual terminal VT2 (Ctrl+Alt+F2) and I could work normally.
I could log in normally with both users in VT1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1) as well.
I was testing killing the sessions in VT1 with
killall -3 gnome-shelland related commands, but still did not see any problem
At some point
(E)I started seeing in VT1 the problem above. I do not know what I did in between
(E), perhaps some of the commands tested generated the problem.
After sleeping the PC and resuming, it was frozen, so I cold booted it
(F) = (-1).
I slept / hibernated / resumed the PC a few times before, in between
Now VT1 has the problem, and VT2 only gives me a console, not an X session.
So I have two terribly combined problems: (1) non-functional X session in VT1, (2) no X session in VT2.
I mean to solve both.
Solving #2 could at least make it much easier working to solve #1, within an X session in the same PC that I have the problem.
My attempt: Logging into VT2 and running
$ startx -- :0
:1) gives me
... xinit: giving up xinit: unable to connect to X server: Connection refused xinit: server error
Further possibly relevant info:
- Up until boot
(-1), VT2 was shown on startup, and this is my experience with all Ubuntu’s I installed since a few years ago, probably all after the change of layout of X sessions / consoles). Now VT1 is shown on startup.