So I’ve downgraded from kernel 5.4.57 to 4.19.138 yesterday and noticed some strange behavior from PolKit.
I was to build a docker image from a Docker file and got the following error:
Sending build context to Docker daemon 997.4kB
Error response from daemon: Error processing tar file(exit status 1): Error cleaning up after pivot: remove /.pivot_root092411178: device or resource busy
(this is rather similar to this one)
After this error, I tried to build a docker image again, and got a different error:
ERRO failed to dial gRPC: cannot connect to the Docker daemon. Is 'docker daemon' running on this host?: dial unix /var/run/docker.sock: connect: no such file or directory
Cannot connect to the Docker daemon at unix:///var/run/docker.sock. Is the docker daemon running?
I then tried to restart my docker service with
systemctl restart docker, a polkit window prompt appeared, and when I typed in my password, I got a message that the password is incorrect, which is obviously not, since I haven’t changed the password, as the passsword works with sudo and when I login into my user, but apparently with polkit it stopped working. Also, whenever I start ksysguard, small window show up (every 5 seconds) saying that “can not open /etc/mtab”, as displayed in the screenshot.
Now I am not able to
pamac upgrade nor anything else that requires Polkit. Not even doing anything from within
I would kindly accept any help here to solve this issue.
Welcome to the forum!
What happens if you boot up in the 5.4 kernel again?
I don’t have it anymore as I it lagged very much. I booted back to 4.19 and removed (did that yesterday). Now I can not install it (or anything else) anymore.
Do you still have the installation medium? If so, then you can attempt to boot up from there and fix things from within a
What do you mean the installation medium ?
The optical disk or the USB stick that you installed the system from. It has a live mode.
Oh you mean that, I don’t have it since I am running this distro for over a year now.
Well, in that case you can try downloading one of the latest install images, put that on a USB stick (or an optical disk) and boot up from it in live mode.
But what should I look for/after ? Because I got the impression that the issue is with polkit, but then when i try to re-install a package I get that the memory is full. Also
df -h returns this:
df: /run/user/1000/doc: Operation not permitted
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
dev 3,8G 0 3,8G 0% /dev
run 3,8G 2,1M 3,8G 1% /run
/dev/dm-0 225G 167G 48G 78% /
tmpfs 3,8G 296M 3,5G 8% /dev/shm
tmpfs 3,8G 0 3,8G 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/nvme0n1p1 300M 424K 299M 1% /boot/efi
/dev/loop1 56M 56M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/core18/1885
/dev/loop2 97M 97M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/core/9804
/dev/loop0 57M 57M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/bitwarden/28
/dev/loop4 63M 63M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/gtk-common-themes/1506
/dev/loop6 30M 30M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/snapd/8790
/dev/loop7 97M 97M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/core/9665
tmpfs 3,8G 36K 3,8G 1% /tmp
/dev/loop8 55M 55M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/gtk-common-themes/1502
/dev/loop5 57M 57M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/bitwarden/27
/dev/loop3 161M 161M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/gnome-3-28-1804/116
/dev/loop10 162M 162M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/gnome-3-28-1804/128
/dev/loop9 178M 178M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/skype/143
/dev/loop11 119M 119M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/slack/27
/dev/loop12 30M 30M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/snapd/8542
/dev/loop13 178M 178M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/skype/139
/dev/loop14 145M 145M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/slack/25
/dev/loop15 55M 55M 0 100% /var/lib/snapd/snap/core18/1880
tmpfs 774M 16K 774M 1% /run/user/120
tmpfs 100K 0 100K 0% /var/lib/lxd/shmounts
tmpfs 100K 0 100K 0% /var/lib/lxd/devlxd
tmpfs 774M 144K 774M 1% /run/user/1000
/dev/loop16 4,7G 1,6G 2,3G 40% /var/lib/lxd/storage-pools/default
My train of thought was to have you boot up from the live medium and then via a
chroot install the 5.4 kernel again ─ or perhaps a later kernel. You can do this without removing the other kernel, because you can select the kernel you want from the GRUB boot menu, by choosing “Advanced Options for Manjaro Linux”. GRUB will then normally remember the last kernel you’ve used upon the next boot.
That said, you’ve got a whole lot of Snap stuff installed, and it is not unthinkable that this is what has messed up your
polkit ─ if it is indeed
polkit that’s messed up, and not something else that’s interfering with your permissions.
with the screenshot I don’t see anything related to polkit.
it seems pacman can’t install the package for an unknown reason I know…
pacman don’t use polkit so it’s not related to polkit.
it seems your system is broken in some way…
like as a broken update… or someting.
/etc/mtab sould be a symlink to /proc/self/mounts
@Shelly, I would recommend that you clean out your
pacman cache. Your root system is 78% full.
sudo paccache -rvk0
You may need to do this from the
chroot environment if you cannot get
sudo privileges in the installed system.
[16:04:02][aragorn] > ll /etc/mtab
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 19 May 21 09:30 /etc/mtab -> ../proc/self/mounts
Thank you both for the guidance.
/etc/mtab is linked to
/pro/self/mounts so that is ok. I managed to download an ISO, boot from it and
manjaro-chroot into my disk (which is btw encrypted, forgot to mention).
@Aragorn I did execute the
sudo paccache -rvk0 command and about 10Gb were liberated. I checked
df -h from from within
chroot and nothing was above 20% and only a few processes were visible.
Now I noticed another thing. I noticed that whenever I boot back into my user, all seems to work ok. I can use
sudo normally and no issues with PolKit during update/upgrade/install/re-install.
df -h displays these values after I login into my user:
Although as soon as I run
docker build . that really messes my system, and I back again to my initial symptoms. I’ll re-install docker.
Edit: Reinstalling docker did not help. I’ll do as @Aragorn has stated previously, to install back the newer kernel.
Ok so I’ve installed and booted with kernel v5.4.57 and can confirm that everything is working ok,
docker build . is running well and does not cause any issues. But the problem is that I don’t want to be on this kernel because it is causing lots of “hiccups” and random freezes during high memory load, which sometimes last 5-20sec. And this does not happen on kernel 4.19.138. So what are my choices now ?
Rebooted with 4.19.138, I logged in and then was greeted by a window saying “Ops, there was an issue. Please logout” with a white background covering the whole screen. I restarted my laptop, choose again 4.19.138 and then logged in. Ran
docker build . and got again the same issue.
Well, I’m on 5.4 as well, and I don’t have any of the problems you’re reporting, but then again, I’m also not running any Docker images here. I also don’t know how much RAM you have in that machine ─ I’ve got 16 GiB in mine.
Maybe you can try installing the latest mainline kernel…
mhwd-kernel -i linux-latest
This will not only pull in the latest stable mainline kernel ─ currently 5.8.2, I believe ─ but it will also automatically move you over to the next kernel generation once 5.8 becomes EOL.
Addendum: I notice that your
/tmp is 3.8 GiB, which suggests that you’ve got 8 GiB of RAM installed in that machine. Are you sure you want to be running Docker images on a machine with those specs?
It’s a hp envy 13 from 2017 with 8gb RAM. It’s not much but it gets me through.
I used this now mainly for work, and I tend to stick on older kernels, due to hardware, random bugs and performance. I think that I might boot into 5.4, remove 4.19, reboot, install 4.19 and then try again, as I’m not sure what could be causing this.
That’s completely unnecessary. It won’t make any difference, because GNU/Linux doesn’t work that way ─ this is not MS-Windows.
Well I’m a python dev so I only run one container at a time. And it works rather well given vscode is electron based and firefox with over 40 tabs and other communication apps based on electron.
Maybe we need to look at this from a different perspective. Why not, instead of using Docker ─ which is clearly what’s messing with your system ─ use something like
I personally haven’t tried it yet, but it essentially uses a container, just like Docker.
Here’s the Arch wiki page on