Bug#852014: desktop-base: Boot hangs if plymouth is not installed
Justification: breaks the whole system
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.
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:
I got the hang with systemd 232-9 and 232-11 before installing plymouth.
-- 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