Couple of big issues with my Cinnamon installation...

I'm a little sad - I quit Mint mainly because it seemed to be eating up RAM - after a few sessions where I opened a few browsers and ran out of RAM (currently running at 2351MiB of 7781).

I managed to restore my desktop well - mousegestures just dropped in, conky looking good (but removed hddtemp calls for now, that isn't so easy to fix here, right?)

So the issues I'm serious about are:

  1. Plexmediaplayer installed - looked nice until I played video. It makes my desktop 'shimmer' - subtitles especially, and other items.

The issue repeated with other video players - I can't belive it's a driver issue, I'm just running an i3-4130 with Haswell graphics.

  1. Strange boot messages... possibly related... Failing to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems. Beyond me - just a simple SSD install getting pretty complicated.

[details="Summary"]
-- Logs begin at Sun 2020-05-17 22:18:27 +07, end at Fri 2020-05-22 22:05:02 +07. --
May 22 22:00:10 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:10 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[291]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 22 22:00:11 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[543]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 22 22:00:11 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:11 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[560]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 22 22:00:11 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:11 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[721]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 22 22:00:11 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:12 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[1013]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 22 22:00:12 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:13 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:14 Serenity kernel: sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] No Caching mode page found
May 22 22:00:14 Serenity kernel: sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] Assuming drive cache: write through
May 22 22:00:16 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:20 Serenity lightdm[1113]: gkr-pam: unable to locate daemon control file
May 22 22:00:20 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[1289]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 22 22:00:20 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
May 22 22:00:23 Serenity colord-sane[1232]: io/hpmud/pp.c 627: unable to read device-id ret=-1
May 22 22:01:17 Serenity systemd-coredump[3059]: Process 3049 (audtool) of user 1000 dumped core.[/details]

Can we see the output of:

 systemctl status systemd-remount-fs.service

Why?

With Deb systems, I just did 'sudo dpkg-reconfigure hddtemp' and got the option to launch as a service. I have no idea how to do that here, how do you manage?

I will do systemctl later - I'm on a USB XFCE right now, testing it out :wink: a little impetuous, but I've Timeshift snaps so I'm all good.

On arch based systems, services are rarely started automatically. So you use systemctl to start/enable services.

It is just different than where you are coming from.

Summary

ben:[~] systemctl status systemd-remount-fs.service
● systemd-remount-fs.service - Remount Root and Kernel File Systems
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-remount-fs.service; enabled-runtime; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sat 2020-05-23 00:21:01 +07; 7s ago
Docs: man:systemd-remount-fs.service(8)
https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/APIFileSystems
Process: 1593 ExecStart=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-remount-fs (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Main PID: 1593 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

May 23 00:21:01 Serenity systemd[1]: Starting Remount Root and Kernel File Systems...
May 23 00:21:01 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[1594]: mount: /: can't find UUID=44523c60-003c-4266-8f33-a5b5c66005ba.
May 23 00:21:01 Serenity systemd-remount-fs[1593]: /usr/bin/mount for / exited with exit status 1.
May 23 00:21:01 Serenity systemd[1]: systemd-remount-fs.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
May 23 00:21:01 Serenity systemd[1]: systemd-remount-fs.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
May 23 00:21:01 Serenity systemd[1]: Failed to start Remount Root and Kernel File Systems.
ben:[~] cat /etc/fstab
UUID=44523c60-003c-4266-8f33-a5b5c66005ba / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
LABEL=T4 /mnt/T4 auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0
LABEL=T3 /mnt/T3 auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0
ben:[~]

I just edited and removed swap to make sure that wasn't an issue.

But I booted XFCE from a USB, installed Plex and PMPlayer - also MPV - and found the same issue with shimmering windows that I had on this installation earlier... so now I'm kind of worried.

Can you share the output of:

cat /etc/fstab
lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,TYPE,MOUNTPOINT,UUID,PARTUUID 

Even when you just run mpv?

and VLC, yes... very strange.
Now I'm thinking it looks more like a hardware issue - I'm keen to boot up Mint and see if it's hardware based. It's unlikely to be a system error if I tried a fresh XFCE live session...

Summary
ben:[~] lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,TYPE,MOUNTPOINT,UUID,PARTUUID 
NAME   FSTYPE     SIZE TYPE MOUNTPOINT                                UUID                                 PARTUUID
loop0  squashfs 105.3M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/plexmediaserver/85                                         
loop1  squashfs  62.1M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/gtk-common-themes/150                                      
loop2  squashfs  93.9M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/core/9066                                                  
loop3  squashfs    55M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/core18/1754                                                
loop4  squashfs   9.2M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/cornyjokes/113                                             
loop5  squashfs 160.2M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/gnome-3-28-1804/116                                        
loop6  squashfs 105.3M loop /var/lib/snapd/snap/plexmediaserver/90                                         
sda               3.7T disk                                                                                
└─sda1 ext4       3.6T part /mnt/T4                                   1e85632e-1c5f-4da4-a229-e349fba9efc9 e9ac1e70-4539-4ac2-a957-aafcf0846d50
sdb               2.7T disk                                                                                
└─sdb1 ext4       2.7T part /mnt/T3                                   ee9f99fa-d221-4123-adaf-83d1076e1e00 d2ad588f-3651-45cd-b48f-11cc5b3de29f
sdc             223.6G disk                                                                                
├─sdc1 vfat       300M part                                           5A7D-1E80                            971d09a1-de06-1f4c-b2a4-ffe47685b9c2
└─sdc2 ext4     223.3G part /                                         065c2907-b45e-4f7a-b1d1-2ece94512fd7 f0746015-705c-5b49-937a-76efced83e61
sdd               1.8T disk                                                                                
└─sdd2 swap       8.8G part                                           fbb975a6-cbad-432c-9c11-17b35755f904 74a1fc92-02
sde    iso9660   14.4G disk                                           2019-12-13-16-58-44-00               
├─sde1 iso9660    1.9G part                                           2019-12-13-16-58-44-00               1dda4ac4-01
└─sde2 vfat       2.4M part                                           833C-CDB0                            1dda4ac4-02

It's 00:45 here - so I guess I'll continue tomorrow. Thanks for the attention :wink:

That looks like it is from a live ISO, I also need the fstab command from the installed system with mounting error.

No, that was from Manjaro on my SSD... but I'll have another go soon.
Right now I'm 'swapping' - installing Mint to my older 2TB WD disk, currently doing the snapshot restore and hopefully back to having dual boot so I can at least use it when I want.

The entire fstab file from the SSD Manjaro install is:

Summary

/etc/fstab: static file system information.

Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a device; this may

be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices that works even if

disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).

UUID=44523c60-003c-4266-8f33-a5b5c66005ba / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
LABEL=T4 /mnt/T4 auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0
LABEL=T3 /mnt/T3 auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0

SDC is my 240GB SSD, SDD is my ancient 50% health WD drive (about 7 years old).
No similar errors booting Mint now,

Summary

ben@Minty:~$ systemctl status systemd-remount-fs.service
● systemd-remount-fs.service - Remount Root and Kernel File Systems
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-remount-fs.service; static; vendo
Active: active (exited) since Sat 2020-05-23 10:23:59 +07; 51min ago
Docs: man:systemd-remount-fs.service(8)
https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/APIFileSystems
Process: 415 ExecStart=/lib/systemd/systemd-remount-fs (code=exited, status=0/
Main PID: 415 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Warning: Journal has been rotated since unit was started. Log output is incomple
lines 1-9/9 (END)

The reason you are getting the remount errors is probably because this UUID you have in fstab doesn't appear to be in your list of devices from lsblk. You may need to replace that with the correct UUID for your root device.

That's possible I guess.
Now I'm appreciating the work going into Manjaro, I've installed Arch - Cinnamon. Whilst there aren't any disk errors, or jitter (video looks great) I can't get more than 2 channels out of Plex - whether I set it to default (alsa) or HDMI1, or passthrough... but MPV works like a dream.

Also, the theming that 'just works' with Manjaro isn't so obvious a fix on here...

If you are planning to stick with Arch-based distros, my advice would be to pick one and make it work. They are all going to have different out-of-the-box experiences but they can all be made to be equally effective. Jumping around and trying to find one that works exactly the way you want without any tweaking may not be productive. In general, Arch-based distros favor the exploitative type who wants to learn and solve problems.

Opps clicked the wrong user.
I would tend to agree changing DEs or flavours really makes no sense, You can get a good impression with a live session when you find the flavour that suits your needs install it then learn all about it it can take months to get settled in with that flavour,

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Yes, I understand. I am keen, however, to learn differences - also to learn a bit more about the kinds of problems.

Okay - so after some issues with Arch - i.e. not being able to find any way to get Plex Media Player to put out more than 2 channels of audio and the fact that I had to quit and restart my session any time I tried to drag an item from the menu to the taskbar launcher to edit the command - I decided to go along with the super praised KDE Manjaro install.

So the desktop looks nice, but once again, playing a Dolby Digital movie in MPV makes things shimmer - is that weird? I mean the whole taskbar at the bottom is seen to shimmer...

So it wasn't an issue with Cinnamon.

I'm going to install Plex Media Player and see if I get the same audio from that, if I can fix that then I'll try to troubleshoot this weird shimmering...

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