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Suddenly this happens: When I boot my noteback linux mint boots to the login screen. Then after I logged in the mouse cursor is visible centered on a black background. And thats where nothing more happens. I tried to use startx but same problem there...stays black.

One thing. I removed wpasupplicant package before this happened. I'm sure I saw some "cinnamon" removing while the removal processed. Might it be that my cinnamon - which is the GUI isn't it? - has been removed aswell?

I'd like to give you more debug log / informations - but I'm not familiar in doing so. I'm used to work in Terminal for coding but something need to get into GUI for browsing.

EDIT: When trying to switch cinnamon on the login screen (the lambda symbol) this error message appears

Xsession: unable to launch "gnome-session-cinnamon" Xsession…."gnome-session-cinnamon" not found: falling back to default session.

Might it be that there really is an issue with cinnamon after the removal of wpasupplicant package?

EDIT2: I found a link describing that error message above: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=156684 They tell to sudo apt-get install --reinstall cinnamon. Funny thing is that I cannot connect to WIFI without GUI. Terminal needs wpasupplicant package which I recently removed ;) yeah!

  • Have you tried moving the deb package for cinnamon or wpasupplicant directly to the computer? – Interesting... Jun 4 '16 at 23:15
  • I just installed cinnamon again and then it worked – xetra11 Jun 4 '16 at 23:18
  • I tried installing cinnamon again, and then tried starting cinnamon, but received error Failed to connect to Mir: Failed to connect to server socket: No such file or directory. Unable to init server: Could not connect: Connection refused. Window manager error: unable to open X display. – Steve Feb 24 '17 at 9:50
  • I ran sudo apt-get install --reinstall cinnamon, then tried > cinnamon and received the same error as above. If I try > xrefresh I receive cannot find display. I have no external displays, just using a Lenovo E440 laptop. – Steve Feb 24 '17 at 9:57
  • @xetra11, after you installed cinnamon again, did the GUI automatically start again? – Steve Feb 24 '17 at 11:27
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Well, cinnamon depends on network-manager which in turn depends on wpasupplicant, that's why removing the latter also removed the former. To avoid wiping important stuff from your system the suggested course of action is

apt-mark auto wpasupplicant # mark the package as "auto", i.e. not needed by the user
apt-get autoremove          # remove unneeded packages

That way, wpasupplicant wouldn't be removed, since it's needed by other packages, even if you told the system you didn't need it.

  • I completed those commands. When I try to start cinnamon again, I receive Failed to connect to Mir: Failed to connect to server socket: No such file or directory. Unable to init server: Could not connect: Connection refused. Window manager error: unable to open X display. – Steve Feb 28 '17 at 10:41
  • @Steve my answer was intended to explain how to avoid the problem in the first place, since the OP seem to have resolved their issue somehow. You seem to have a slightly different problem. Do you have any GUI at all? – Dmitry Grigoryev Feb 28 '17 at 12:10
  • No, no GUI Dmitry. – Steve Mar 1 '17 at 14:14
  • @Steve Then the X server might have gone during upgrade (have you run apt-get dist-upgrade?) It's hard to tell what's wrong with your system without having access to it, but you could start by installing a display manager (lightdm? check if you have its config files in /etc) or even xinit to get X server back. – Dmitry Grigoryev Mar 1 '17 at 17:42

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