Bug#986166: systemd: 'systemd --user' not functional. Regardless of user, org.freedesktop.systemd1 exits with status 1

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Tue Mar 30 19:22:35 BST 2021

Am 30.03.2021 um 20:14 schrieb Troy Telford:
> Package: systemd
> Version: 247.3-3
> Severity: normal
> Dear Maintainer,
>     * What led up to the situation?
> This was probably due to an apt update/upgrade. I haven't been configuring my
> system, but about two weeks ago, "systemd --user" stopped working entirely -
> none of the user units start up upon user login. The first thing I noticed is
> no sound, but it didn't take long to find that systemd wasn't running any user
> units.
>     * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or ineffective)?
> Initially, I found that XDG_RUNTIME_DIR wasn't being set anymore -- so I added
> `export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/$(id -u)` to my .xsessionrc. It didn't fix
> the issue for login, but I could at least run `systemd --user` and start up the
> processes after login. However, even that is broken now: I invariably get
> "Process org.freedesktop.systemd1 exited with status 1"
> /var/log/daemon.log has a corresponding message from DBUS about
> org.freedesktop.systemd1 being activated, but dying:
> Mar 30 12:08:01 pilot.pariahzero.net dbus-daemon[2025881]: [session uid=1000
> pid=2025879] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.systemd1' requested by
> ':1.155' (uid=1000 pid=2433850 comm="systemctl --user --failed ")
> Mar 30 12:08:01 pilot.pariahzero.net dbus-daemon[2025881]: [session uid=1000
> pid=2025879] Activated service 'org.freedesktop.systemd1' failed: Process
> org.freedesktop.systemd1 exited with status 1
> The problem happens for all users on the system.
> I'll see if I can get more verbose logging to give any additional details about
> why org.freedesktop.systemd1 is exiting. If you know offhand, I'd definitely
> give it a try.

What's the output of
apt-cache policy dbus-user-session
apt-cache policy dbus-x11

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