Applications taking a long time to start


I’m running into an issue where many applications are taking a long time to start (30 seconds or so). I put this under gnome because it affects many applications, not just one.

I ran “strace evince” and this is the call where the application gets stuck before eventually continuing.

poll([{fd=10, events=POLLIN}], 1, 25000

gnome-screenshot also gets stuck at the same poll. Firefox gets stuck too, but if I have a firefox window open and I try to open a new one it doesn’t get stuck there.

I found a post in the arch forum which seems to be similar to my issue, but I didn’t understand the fix. I get an error when pasting links, but you can find it if you google “[SOLVED] Firefox takes 30 seconds to start.” It pointed me to the xinit page on the arch wiki, but I already had xinit installed, and I’m not sure what else to take away from there.

One thing to note is that I didn’t have this issue earlier, I had been on vacation for a couple of weeks starting on the last weekend of May and only noticed this issue once I was back. I was trying to get an android phone with a broken screen connected to my computer so I installed and uninstalled some packages related to mtp. Not sure if I screwed something up there.

Thanks for help.

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Give the Stable Updates Announcement a read (known issues, 06-04-2023)


if you have xdg-desktop-portal-gnome, uninstall it. It is a known issue/bug. You can leave the -gtk variant, but the -gnome variation make problems, at least on XFCE.

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Well … There was never any reason to have both.
And no desktop besides gnome should be using xdg-desktop-portal-gnome.
(usually it was pulled as a dependency of something like flatpak when the user was not paying attention … gnome is the first suggestion based an alphanumeric order)


You didn’t say if there was a full update done, but I’m assuming there was one. There is always the chance this isn’t your issue, but if you query Manjaro’s forum, you’d see it being asked a lot, and the answer has been answered multiple times.

No ifs, ands or buts, a Manjaro user needs to read the “Stable Update Announcements”, at least the first 2 posts. Manjaro is a rolling release and packages are constantly being updated and upgraded. The Announcement, for a Manjaro user, is the Release Notes, Change Log, and Instruction manual. It tells a user what has changed, if there are any additional steps to take, and any known issues (and solutions).

Snippet from the Stable Update Announcement:

NOTE: Clicking on the arrow in the Stable Update Announcement will expand the contents showing the action to take.


Thank you everyone for the answers. My apologies for not searching the forums well enough, and I think I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to installing updates without reading the announcements. I removed xdg-desktop-portal-gnome and the issue is resolved.

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