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FS#40056 - [gdm] fails to start after upgrade to 3.12.1-2

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by smikims (smikims) - Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 16:39 GMT
Last edited by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Wednesday, 08 April 2015, 14:06 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Upstream Bugs
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture x86_64
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 2
Private No


Description: I already reported this upstream and they told me to report here as well; here is that report:

And here it is copy/pasted:

This started happening yesterday, when Arch upgraded gdm from 3.12.1-1 to
3.12.1-2. Several services started taking way longer than normal to start
(NetworkManager was over 90 seconds, gdm was about 30, etc.) and then I would
fail to get to my login screen and would be forced to switch to a VT and
reboot. This didn't happen every boot but would seemingly come in "spurts"
where several boots in a row would fail and then several would succeed (well,
it techically booted, I just couldn't reach gdm, but you get the point). There
were some error messages in the journal I'll paste below that seemed to come
from elsewhere, but the problem is seemingly with gdm since it was upgraded the
boot before this started happening and downgrading it seemed to fix it.

My whole dmesg output from a failed boot is at,
but the lines I think are relevant (or at least seemed abnormal) are 859-864,
which read

[ 36.633579] systemd[1]: Failed to register name: Connection timed out
[ 36.646908] systemd[1]: Failed to set up API bus: Connection timed out
[ 46.632649] systemd-logind[408]: Failed to enable subscription: Connection
timed out
[ 56.644949] systemd-logind[408]: Failed to fully start up daemon: Connection
timed out
[ 56.685097] systemd[1]: Unit systemd-logind.service entered failed state.
[ 56.698424] systemd[1]: systemd-logind.service has no holdoff time,
scheduling restart.

Also, the gdm, avahi, systemd-journald, org.freedesktop.Accounts, and bluez
systemd units all failed to start.

The only Google results I got for the dmesg errors were from dbus.c in systemd,
but unless gdm somehow exposed an earlier bug in systemd, I don't see how that
could be the root cause since that wasn't upgraded before this started

Sorry for waiting so long to report after going over there first; this is my first time actually using these bugtrackers.

Additional info:
* package version(s)
* config and/or log files etc.

Steps to reproduce: Nothing specifically that I'm doing (that I can tell); using networkmanager, gdm 3.12.1-2, 0.6.31-11, systemd 212-3; the first three of those all have their systemd units enabled and are the main ones that started taking way too long to start.
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Closed by  Jan de Groot (JGC)
Wednesday, 08 April 2015, 14:06 GMT
Reason for closing:  Works for me
Additional comments about closing:  Old bug, no response for a long time. Not a gdm bug, probably a broken dbus version/installation.
Comment by smikims (smikims) - Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 16:41 GMT
Err, that should read networkmanager, gdm 3.12.1-2, **avahi** 0.6.31-11, and systemd 212-3 in that last part. Not sure how to edit posts here.
Comment by smikims (smikims) - Friday, 25 April 2014, 05:52 GMT
Copy/pasting new comment I put on the GNOME bug report:

Just found out that systemd keeps core dumps in the journal--here's one from
the most recent time gdm crashed (too big for an attachment): I've got about a dozen more like it if
you want to see another.
Comment by Luis Henrique Mello (lmello) - Thursday, 01 May 2014, 20:55 GMT Comment by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Tuesday, 03 June 2014, 11:28 GMT
Is this still an issue with gdm 3.12.2?
Comment by Isaac Gallart (igallart) - Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 22:05 GMT
I think that have same error. When reboot or start the PC, gdm is black. It is displayed when press the button of shutdown, and when is suspend, and after when press again the button of the shutdown of pc, the screen is displayed.