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I'm really enjoying ElementaryOS Odin so far; my only major complaint is that lightdm is quite unstable on boot.

Specifically on probably 75% of hard boots I do, it either fails to initialise or crashes shortly after initialisation. I'm usually either presented with my motherboard's logo, or else I see a brief flash of Greeter followed by a crash to black or the board logo screen again.

TTY can be enabled from this screen with CTRL+ALT+F2 as usual, and usually some combination of repeating sudo service lightdm restart and sudo reboot now will eventually land me on Greeter in a stable state, but it's inconsistent and just stresses me out.

Is there anything I can tweak or investigate to try to achieve better stability? I usually keep my graphics drivers up-to-date and updating them hasn't fixed this in the past so I doubt it's related.

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  • Do you see anything in /var/log/syslog around the time of a LightDM crash that might point to the issue? Are you using a system with dedicated or integrated graphics? How much RAM is installed? Generally when I see LightDM crash it's either a custom configuration error or a lack of available memory 🤔
    – matigo
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 0:55
  • I had a look and I get the following repeated a lot (My guess is that this is either me restarting it or an autoretry): lightdm[1190]: Seat type 'xlocal' is deprecated, use 'type=local' instead systemd[1]: Started Session c1 of user lightdm. systemd[1]: lightdm.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE systemd[1]: lightdm.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'. systemd[1]: lightdm.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 1. None of the surrounding logs give any indication of what this relates to by the looks.
    – Damiante
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 2:33
  • So It happened again on my next boot and I took another look, specifically running lightdm in debug mode with sudo lightdm --test-mode --debug under TTY and capturing the output from stderr. This log file is the result. I believe the offending line is: [+1.05s] DEBUG: Greeter closed communication channel ; is there some log I can look at for the greeter's behaviour? Given that I'm using the elementary greeter, I don't know if it's a bug or something specific to my system
    – Damiante
    Commented Nov 3, 2021 at 21:16
  • Do you have a /var/log/lightdm/x-0.log file? If so, it may contain some of the specifics behind the error. The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is a permissions issue but, if this is an intermittent problem, it’s likely not permissions. Do you have multiple OSes installed on the machine and switch between them? 🤔
    – matigo
    Commented Nov 3, 2021 at 22:12
  • I have such a file but it looks like it includes the same startup header repeated over and over so it's not much help. cat x-0.log | grep lightdm yields nothing. It points me to a different logfile, /var/log/Xorg.0.log which also doesn't have any lines referencing lightdm. I use only elementaryos with dedicated graphics (3060TI) and 16Gb of RAM.
    – Damiante
    Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 2:01

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