reboot fails with "Failed to start Transaction is destructive."

Bug #1545272 reported by Karl-Philipp Richter on 2016-02-13
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
systemd (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

`sudo reboot` fails with

    Failed to start Transaction is destructive.

    Broadcast message from richter@richter-lenovo-IdeaPad-U410 on pts/1 (Sa 2016-02-13 13:36:30 CET):

    The system is going down for reboot NOW!

which seems to be caused by an incomplete suspend as stated in which isn't a duplicate because the reason seem to be a btrfs issue there which I don't suffer from.

I'd suggest to let the suspend time out, provide the user with the information that a suspend is pending and might timeout or succeed (or something similar, more useful than "Failed to start Transaction is destructive.") so that reboot is possible again after some time.

The issue should be fixed in the kernel as well, it makes sense as well to handle this situation in `systemd` because assuming that the kernel is always stable is naive and adding such a timeout improves stability and better feedback usage.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
Package: systemd 225-1ubuntu9.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.2.0-29.34-generic 4.2.8-ckt3
Uname: Linux 4.2.0-29-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: openafs
ApportVersion: 2.19.1-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Sat Feb 13 13:36:10 2016
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-10-17 (848 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424)
MachineType: LENOVO IdeaPad U410
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.2.0-29-generic root=UUID=8c488557-8173-43a2-a3a8-df0a24695c08 ro rootflags=subvol=ubuntu-main-root quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: systemd
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to wily on 2015-11-19 (85 days ago) 09/25/2012
dmi.bios.vendor: Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
dmi.bios.version: 65CN90WW
dmi.board.asset.tag: No Asset Tag Lenovo
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: 31900003WIN8 STD MLT
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Tag
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.chassis.version: Lenovo U410
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnPhoenixTechnologiesLtd.:bvr65CN90WW:bd09/25/2012:svnLENOVO:pnIdeaPadU410:pvrLenovoU410:rvnLENOVO:rnLenovo:rvr31900003WIN8STDMLT:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrLenovoU410: IdeaPad U410
dmi.product.version: Lenovo U410
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in systemd (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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