Annoying boot messages interfering with splash screen, since upgrading to Jammy

Bug #1970069 reported by João Pedro Seara
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plymouth (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Since upgrading from 20.04.6 Desktop to 22.04, the boot screen is not as clean as it used to be.

Basically, the flow used to be in 20.04:

GRUB > Splash screen > Login prompt

Currently in 22.04:

GRUB > Splash screen > Messages (in the attached file) > Splash screen again for a sec > Login prompt

All of those messages already existed in 20.04, the difference is that they were not appearing during boot.

I was able to get rid of the "usb" related messages by just adding "loglevel=0" in GRUB. Currently is "quiet loglevel=0 splash".

Regarding the fsck related message, I can get rid of them by adding "fsck.mode=skip".

However, I do not want to just disable fsck or set the loglevel to 0. This is not a sustainable solution.

Something definitely changed here. These messages are not of enough relevance to be shown at boot by default, and they should remain hidden like they were in Focal.

Obviously a minor issue, but important to the whole look and feel of the OS for desktop.

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João Pedro Seara (jpseara) wrote :
description: updated
description: updated
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Erich Eickmeyer  (eeickmeyer) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We understand the difficulties you are facing, but it is better to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. You can also find help with your problem in the support forum of your local Ubuntu community or asking at or For help on reporting bugs, see

Changed in plymouth (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

This is a bug. The 'splash' option is configured, but text messages from the kernel are being shown.

Changed in plymouth (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Confirmed
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João Pedro Seara (jpseara) wrote (last edit ):


I have spin up two VMs with the exact same specs, one using the 20.04.4 Desktop ISO and other the 22.04 Desktop ISO.

Please check the attached file "Screencast from 24-04-2022 16:39:39.webm".

GRUB config for both VMs:

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

As you can see, the 22.04 VM is definitely more verbose, taking splash screen out of the way.

And please remember these are VMs. On my real hardware I get even more messages that are interfering even more (just some low severity Kernel warnings that already existed before in Focal but they weren't interfering with the splash screen) (check attached file 20220422_014058.jpg).

The boot time is the same so this is definitely a low prio/cosmetic thing. But still something has changed that shouldn't.

Not sure if this is of any use, but just fyi, the fsck messages seem to come from here [1]. The USB messages are just dmesg logs.


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João Pedro Seara (jpseara) wrote :
tags: added: jammy
tags: added: flicker-free-boot visual-quality
tags: added: flickerfreeboot
removed: flicker-free-boot
description: updated
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Guillaume (guillaume-desclaux) wrote :

Confirm the exact same behaviour on a fresh 22.04 install on a Dell Inspiron 16 7610.

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Arief Mulya Utama (arief-utama) wrote :

Confirm this issue on Dell XPS 13 9310 2021

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Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
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Balazs Gyurak (ba32107) wrote :

Confirmed this problem on Lenovo Thinkpad T480s

Benjamin Drung (bdrung)
tags: added: regression-release
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Carlos Ruiz (yankeesierra) wrote :

Confirmed issue on iMac late 2017

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