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Bug#852014: desktop-base: Boot hangs if plymouth is not installed

Package: desktop-base
Version: 9.0.1
Severity: critical
Justification: breaks the whole system

Dear Maintainer,

I run Debian unstable on my desktop. Today, after "apt update&&apt upgrade"
the system failed to boot.

After some analysis (booting into rescue mode and entering the root
password, and following the instructions to view the systemd log),
I figured out that the fatal error was that
exec /bin/plymouth failed, because the program was not installed.

Finally, I figured out how to manually bring up the Ethernet interface
and how to install plymouth. The next reboot worked.

The command
grep -lr plymouth /etc
suggests that the existence of files in /usr/share/plymouth/themes
led to the assumption that plymouth is available. I am filing this
bug against desktop-base because dpkg -S suggests that the directory
is associated with desktop-base.

Possibly this bug should be filed against grub-common instead, because
grub-common owns the file /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme which references
the directory /usr/share/plymouth/themes.

Here are some versions of packages:

desktop-base: 9.0.1
grub-common: 2.02~beta3-3
systemd: 232-12
plymouth: 0.9.2-4

I got the hang with systemd 232-9 and 232-11 before installing plymouth.

Best regards,

	Marko Mäkelä

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 9.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fi_FI.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fi_FI.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages desktop-base depends on:
ii  dpkg             1.18.18
ii  librsvg2-common  2.40.16-1

desktop-base recommends no packages.

Versions of packages desktop-base suggests:
pn  gnome | kde-standard | xfce4 | wmaker  <none>

-- no debconf information

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