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ArchLinux Goes Splat
Jun 25, 2014
2 minutes read

After over a year of running ArchLinux with no issues, the unspeakable has just happened: my laptop won’t boot up!

So I go about checking the ArchLinux website to make sure there’s no indication that any recent updates may cause my computer to implode. Check. I run pacman -Syu, and notice systemd is being updated. This isn’t my first rodeo, I’ve seen systemd being upgraded before. No big deal right?

Wrong. I run the updates and restart my laptop only to be stuck at the following message:

Job deleted to break ordering cycle
Job systemd-user-sessions.service/start deleted to break ordering cycle
Job deleted to break ordering cycle

Well, that’s just great. The first two services that were deleted are possibly responsible for the boot up process sticking with a lack of a command prompt. Preliminary searches have not been promising; this one is going to be a doozy.

Update: June 27, 2014

The issue has been semi-resolved!

The following was done:

  1. Boot up with ArchLinux iso USB and arch-chroot into my mounted hard drive.
  2. Install downgrade package from the AUR.
  3. Downgrade from systemd-214-2 to systemd-213-9.

Oddly enough, I seem to be the only one in the entire universe experiencing this issue. This will require further investigation while systemd goes on the pacman ignore list.

Update: July 19, 2014

This issue seems to have resolved itself somewhere between systemd-214-2 and systemd-215-4 in the Arch repository.

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