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Old 4th April 2017, 07:42 AM
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Question Policy kit daemon fails to start due to Timeout

I had very strange error after I upgraded my Fedora 27 (rawhide). After upgrading, and rebooting, login stalls forever. This seems to happen when polkitd could not be started by systemd.

It appeared similar to this:
polkit.service operation timed out. Terminating.
systemd[1]: Failed to start Authorization Manager.
Job for polkit.service failed. See 'systemctl status polkit.service' and 'journalctl -xn' for details.
So, what I did (since nothing good happened while entering init=/bin/bash in kernel command line in GRUB2 menu), I de-installed polkit package. Because of dependencies, it de-installed most of gnome and some "other" packages.

After rebooting, I was able to get to normal run level 3 (and I have all 6 terminals), but network would not work. It'll show ONLY IPV6 on ETH (ens33 I/F), no sign of Wireless at all. And even giving IPV4 address manually to ETH/ens33, it would not ping wireless router (address which of I know).

ifconfig command shows something like this:

ens33  Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr e8:03:9a:97:61:b1  
          inet6 addr: fe80::ea03:9aff:fe97:61b1/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets: 0 errors:0 dropped:1 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets: 0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:  TX bytes:

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:1289 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1289 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:114509 (114.5 KB)  TX bytes:114509 (114.5 KB)
I tried many things, but not able to connect with the host (since my Fedora rawhide is, after all, VM).

Any suggestions?

Thank you,
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Old 4th April 2017, 08:20 PM
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Re: Policy kit daemon fails to start due to Timeout

This early in the rawhide cycle, I leave the display manager disabled, and boot to multi-user instead of target.
# systemctl set-default multi-user

# systemctl disable lightdm

# reboot
When you get the terminal after booting, login as your normal user and run startx. When there fatal errors, like a broken polkit, you usually come back to a terminal. In the current situation, I'm logging in as root and running dnf upgrade until I see a new polkit being installed. There's not much point in trying to run x, or wayland, until that is fixed.

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