Writing this from phone.
Ever since the 19/2 updates, I installed them using Pamac. It just closed on it’s own at some point of time, and I figured nothing was amiss. I leave the computer be for a few minutes, and I’ve set it to log out. All of a sudden, in bold text, a message takes the screen: something like “The locker is broken and cannot function. To log in, you need either ConsoleKit or LoginD, none of which are installed on your system.”
I pull a cold reboot, and when I boot up, I see the text that flashes by, usually like
“[OK] Starting xxx.service”,
But instead among the messages I see:
[FAILED] Loading Loader Kernel Modules.
[FAILED] Starting Network Manager. See systemctl services NetworkManager.service for more information.
I go to the SDDM Login screen, enter in, and the splash screen freezes; a dialog box pops up:
“KWin is unstable and appears to have crashed multiple times in a row. Please choose another window manager.” I only have kwin_x11 installed, so I choose that and enter. Now I seem to be stuck in a desktop-less, window manager-less limbo, where dragging windows looks like that animation in Microsoft Solitaire, where it looks like painting with windows. I only have Yakuake and Konsole to save me, and that drop- down search menu. Running pacman doesn’t work-
pacman: error while loading shared libraries: libid2.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such directory”
So now Pacman doesn’t even exist on my system! What do I do? I’m stuck in limbo here.