If you followed those directions exactly, it looks like you just installed a whole bunch of libraries and desktop components. I'm willing to bet that some of that overrode key parts of the Gnome launch sequence.
To begin effectively fixing this, I'll suggest going into TTY while it's booted, and not just in the root menu. As soon as it gets stuck (while you're at the part where you could pres ESC), hit Ctrl+Alt+F1
to get into TTY (basically terminal with no GUI at all). If F1
is busy doing something, try F2
, you should have TTYs available all the way up to F6
I haven't had much experience with symbolic links, but if you feel that will be useful, I can tell you either being in root or not using a sudo may have been the problem with the ldconfig
you tried (I'm looking at the "read-only"). I found this site
which might help you use ldconfig
a bit better; I guess it involves digging through some of your libraries to find what you want to work.
If you do just want to reinstall gnome (probably not a bad solution), just throw this in the TTY:
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sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-shell