Bug#858162: /bin/systemctl: systemctl rescue hangs system cold if desktop session is active

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Sun Mar 19 21:03:05 GMT 2017

Am 19.03.2017 um 07:50 schrieb Nathan Dorfman:
> Package: systemd
> Version: 232-19
> Severity: normal
> File: /bin/systemctl
> Dear Maintainer,
> The 'systemctl rescue' and 'init 1' commands completely hang the system if
> run while a graphical login is active, whether from a xterm or a vty.
> They work as expected if I log out of the desktop first (or only log in on
> a vty). Otherwise, the system becomes unresponsive to any input whatsoever,
> including Ctrl-Alt-Del, only a forced reset returns control.
> If run from the desktop, I'm left with a blank graphical display (only the
> background image is visible), whereas if I switch to a vty first, the
> rescue password prompt is correctly displayed. It doesn't accept input,
> though, and the effect is the same: I have to reset.
> This report is from a fresh netinst (and dist-upgrade) with the default
> task selections left untouched, so only the Gnome desktop is installed.
> However, the same thing happened with Xfce and LXDE, when I previously
> had them installed alongside Gnome.

If you can access the system via SSH, please attach the output of of
systemctl list-jobs
systemctl status
journalctl -alb

Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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