So, I tried that, and the problem persisted. Ultimately, I feel that your suspicion is correct, that there’s something in my home directory that’s causing issues. But this is a system that I need for work, so I will get it back up with budgie as a temporary measure, and then prepare it for a full nuke&pave (backing up documents/vms/etc…) for getting gnome back.
Thanks for your help!
I’ve decided to move my system from budgie back to gnome. I did a fresh install (with proprietary drivers, and preserving my home partition), setup gdm, and blacklisted nouveau module (it’s incompatible with my gpu). When I rebooted, gdm came up, and after logging in, my startup applications came up, but no wallpaper or gnome panels (the top bar with clock/settings/power/etc…). Thankfully one of my startup applications is a terminal window, but I don’t know where to start to try to resolve this. Thoughts?
My system: Lenovo Thinkstation p510
@robgriff444 downgrading systemd to version 239 did it!
Looks like version 240 may be having some issues, according the bug reports:
At first I ran into this problem after running updates. Figuring this was just another case of some default solutions being changed, I then did a reinstall, but the problem persists. After GRUB tries to boot linux, it shows the following messages:
Starting version 240 ERROR: device 'UUID=3e992dc0-80c1-40b5-af96-d5cb68c4e44f' not found. Skipping fsck. mount: /new_root: can't find UUID=3e992dc0-80c1-40b5-af96-d5cb68c4e44f. You are now being dropped into an emergency shell. sh: can't access tty; job control turned off [rootfs ]#
I’ve tried live-booting and chroot-ing to run
grub-mkconfigand still same problem.
I’ve tried changing the system from UEFI to Legacy, new MSDOS partition table, and reinstalling, same problem.
With and without swap, fresh install each time, same problem.
With and without dedicated home drive, fresh install each time, same problem.
This system (a Lenovo Thinkstation P510 desktop) was working as of yesterday (2019-1-8), ran updates yesterday, booted up this morning and now nothing on it works … thoughts?