[FIX] startpar: service(s) returned failure: plymouth

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[FIX] startpar: service(s) returned failure: plymouth

Postby ProfTanner » 30 Oct 2013 19:23

I have found a fix for this problem:

startpar: service(s) returned failure: plymouth … failed!

On boot (or reboot) a black screen is displayed. It may contain other messages, but the last message is the one listed above.

The lighedm greeter screen does not display. Virtual consoles are working and startx starts Xfce4 and my normal desktop is displayed.

The natural thought is either startpar or plymouth has a problem.

This message turned out to be a red herring. I searched the Solydxk forums and Google. I found the Solydxk post http://forums.solydxk.nl/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1436

I followed the recommendations without fixing the trouble. (I encountered this problem on three different computers and in both 32 bit and 64 bit installs.)

After several hours work, I have found a solution.

This seems to be cause by a corrupted .Xauthority file left in /var/lib/lightdm.

Here is an excerpt from the lightdm log file (/var/log/lightdm/lightdm.log):

[+0.11s] DEBUG: Starting greeter
[+0.11s] DEBUG: Started session 3921 with service 'lightdm-greeter', username 'lightdm'
[+0.12s] DEBUG: Session 3921 authentication complete with return value 0: Success
[+0.12s] DEBUG: Greeter authorized
[+0.12s] DEBUG: Logging to /var/log/lightdm/x-0-greeter.log
[+0.12s] DEBUG: Session 3921 running command /usr/sbin/lightdm-gtk-greeter
[+0.16s] DEBUG: Greeter closed communication channel
[+0.16s] DEBUG: Session 3921 exited with return value 1
[+0.16s] DEBUG: Greeter quit
[+0.16s] DEBUG: Failed to start greeter
[+0.16s] DEBUG: Stopping display
[+0.16s] DEBUG: Sending signal 15 to process 3899
[+0.64s] DEBUG: Process 3899 exited with return value 0
[+0.64s] DEBUG: X server stopped

This indicates that lightdm-gtk-greeter failed (return value 1) and X shuts down.

/var/log/lightdm/x-0-greeter.log contains:

Error writing X authority: Failed to write X authority /var/lib/lightdm/.Xauthority: Success

The solution is to rename or remove /var/lib/lightdm/.Xauthority

The lightdm service should now run:

service lightdm start

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Re: startpar: service(s) returned failure: plymouth ... fail

Postby jprj » 30 Oct 2013 20:15

I don't appear to have any lightdm on my system. I did a "find" on any instance of "lightdm" in my root and got nothing back.

Oops - sorry wrong post - I meant to put this on your reply to my post...

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Re: startpar: service(s) returned failure: plymouth ... fail

Postby Quantum » 30 Oct 2013 21:27

Thank you ProfTanner.

This solution is only for those running XFCE (SolydX), not KDE. The desktop manager for SolydX is lightdm, and the one for SolydK is KDM.

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Re: [FIX] startpar: service(s) returned failure: plymouth

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 30 Oct 2013 21:57

Moved this topic to the Tutorials section and adapted the subject.

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