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Can no longer boot into Debian testing, possibly because I accidentally uninstalled some undocumentedly critical package.

In regular boot, system hangs after confirming that the root fs is clean.

In recovery boot, it says:

[..] systemd[1]: systemd 235 running in system mode. (+PAM +AUDIT +SELINUX + IMA + APPARMOR + SMACK + SYSVINIT + UTMP +LIBCRYPTSETUP + GCRYPT + GNUTLS + ACL + LZ4 + SECCOMP + BLKID + ELFUTILS  +KMOD -IDN2 default-hierarchy)
[..] systemd[1]: Detected architecture x86-64.

Welcome to Debian GNU/Linux buster/sid!

[..] systemd[1]: Set hostname <..>
<..>
[ OK ] Created slice System Slice.
<..>
[ OK ] Created slice <..>
<..>
[ OK ] Listening on Journal Audit Socket.
[..] systemd[1]: Listening on Journal Socket.

What is the system supposed to be doing now? How to get it out of this trap?

  • What did you uninstall? – Raman Sailopal Dec 14 '17 at 9:29
  • window and display managers forth and back, a long story .. – Joachim W Dec 14 '17 at 10:28

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