12.1, xfce user home directory problem

either with installer creating partitions or manually creating partitions /, /home, /swap on single drive
net install complains about user home directory assignments/configuration in a very unclear, rambling way.
it asks if one would like to continue with user config. yes or no
have installed 12.1 via net install 3 times.
either selection gives same results(except once where all was well). alas i didn’t leave well enough alone.
you can’t login to xfce via graphical desktop manager. screen goes black and refreshes login screen.
you can login fine at cli but it complains about “no /home/<username> directory.” “mounting as /home”
i assume i can just modify fstab or change user permissions or create directory or something simple but i’m not sure what caused this and how to fix.
thanks

well it seems this issue was posted here: http://forums.opensuse.org/deutsch-german/hilfe-und-helfen/installation-administration/469179-suse-12-1-official-release-cant-login-after-fresh-install.html

ok, i’m logged in! had previously installed nano, so i just added the user’s name to fstab in the part after /home that has mount flags/options and it worked. this was just a guess so if there is a better way for a more permanant fix please let us all know.
thanks

If /home is not a separate partition, but a folder on the same partition “/” is, there should be no entry in fstab at all. But you say you have three paritions. Please post output of


cat /etc/fstab

/dev/sda1 / ext4 acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/mapper/cr_sda2 /home ext4 acl,user_xattr,nofail,username 0 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-HDS728080PLAT20_OTHERLETTERSHERE-part3 swap swap defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0