I just did a recent re-install of Mint (on /dev/sda1) but now, instead of opening up Mint in all its glory, I get the Mint splash with the progress dots, followed by only a blinking cursor. I strongly suspect the issue is one of ownership of files, because this was a re-install (after reformatting and etc). Here is the timeline.
- I installed from a Live USB and everything went great. I updated and installed the programs I needed and it seemed to go great. That is, until it didn’t.
- First problem was Software Store (i.e., mintinstall). THe GUI would not open, although update and upgrade worked just fine.
–> The solution I found online was that the old cliff (from the previous install) and the new cliff were not the same. The fix was to run sudo chown cliff:cliff followed by the target directory (which I have forgotten). Voila!
- Similar issue starting Firefox, so I did the same sudo chown cliff:cliff /.mozilla/firefox then ran from the terminal
*firefox -P*to create a new proifile. Voila!
- Now, I must have tried the same trick on the wrong directory to create this problem. Mistakes R Me!
I strongly doubt the problem is not the hard drive. My evidence:
a. badblocks shows no problem, fsck shows no problem
b. All three of the kernels listed in grub have “recovery” options, and all open up just fine, offering me the choices of dpkg, root terminal, resume, etc.
Therefore, I think it is an ownership issue. What can I do?
a. Can I just change from cliff to cliff like I did before? If so, which directories?
b. Will I need to create a new owner? If so, how does that happen?
c. Whichever solution, is it best to run it from the recovery mode of Mint itself, or should I do it from outside, such as my /dev/sdb1 Ubuntu or from a live CD/USB?