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I got the following error

Error initializing database environment /home/rune/.bitcoin!  
To recover, BACKUP THAT DIRECTORY, then remove everything from it except for wallet.dat.  

when I run bitcoin-qt..
I am using Ubuntu.

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Is this the first time (i.e. with an empty wallet) or were you using it and then now get this error? – Stephen Gornick Feb 24 '13 at 7:42
Could you post the contents of debug.log when starting with the -debug command line option? – cdecker Feb 25 '13 at 15:58

back up all the files in .bitcoin. then delete them all restart the wallet see if it errors. If it does, re-download / re-install the client otherwise corupt configs.

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