A bit of history to explain my issue: I freshly installed Linux Mint 19.2 MATE 64bits on a new laptop.

After the installation I wanted to move the home directory on its own partition. I followed these instructions

I messed up a step in the middle as I ended up stuck on a login loop (back to the login screen after typing credentials). I managed to fix it:

  • /etc/psswd was pointing at the wrong path for my profile
  • home directory was own by root, changing it to my username helped

Problem is that I no longer have access to internet (Wifi). I'm suspecting some permissions problems somewhere but don't know where to start my searches. ls -l / shows all folders with root as owner except my home folder that I manually changed.

Now for the problem itself:

I can ping IP addresses in the terminal but pinging a domain name returns

ping: google.com: Name or service not known

Here are a few command results I used to narrow the problem down:

~$ ll /etc/resolv.conf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 Nov 17 13:15 /etc/resolv.conf -> /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf
~$ cat /etc/resolv.conf
# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)
# is the systemd-resolved stub resolver.
# run "systemd-resolve --status" to see details about the actual nameservers.
~$ systemd-resolve --status
Failed to get global data: Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.resolve1': timed out (service_start_timeout=25000ms)
~$ systemctl status systemd-resolved.service
● systemd-resolved.service - Network Name Resolution
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-resolved.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: **failed** (Result: resources) since Sun 2019-11-17 13:13:14 GMT; 5min ago
   Docs: man:systemd-resolved.service(8)
       Nov 17 13:13:14 y systemd[1]: systemd-resolved.service: Service has no hold-off time, scheduling restart.
       Nov 17 13:13:14 y systemd[1]: systemd-resolved.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5.
       Nov 17 13:13:14 y systemd[1]: Stopped Network Name Resolution.
       Nov 17 13:13:14 y systemd[1]: systemd-resolved.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
       Nov 17 13:13:14 y systemd[1]: systemd-resolved.service: **Failed** with result 'resources'.
       Nov 17 13:13:14 y systemd[1]: **Failed to start Network Name Resolution.**

I've been googling for the past 4h but cannot find what is causing the problem.

Thanks for any information.


  • I tried booting with an older kernel with no success
  • I tried booting from a live USB, everything works as expected
  • I noticed that if I restart too early after booting, I have a message saying mate-settings-daemon is not responding. Google hasn't helped so far to identify why but it is a recurring problem many people encountered over the years.
  • the time to boot increased quite a lot. systemd-analyze blame reveals that NetworkManager.service and NetworkManager-wait-online.service are using 31s out of the 32s needed to boot. I'm assuming this is because of a timeout while trying to reach a specific domain.

temporary workaround

breaking the symbolic link of resolv.conf and use a simple file with a nameserver does the job but I'm not sure what it implies down the chain to bypass resolvconf

rm -rf /etc/resolv.conf
echo "namesever" > /etc/resolv.conf
chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf

Several OS directories are owned by non-root accounts, as they're used to store data by unprivileged daemons that themselves are using a dedicated service account and not the root account.

Try fully removing the /var/lib/private/systemd/ directory. Its subdirectories belong to services which have DynamicUser=yes in their .service file, and the directory's ownership is actually used as the basis for the service account's UID.

  • Hi, thanks for your suggestion. I've tried removing that directory but it did not help, even after rebooting. – whyoji Nov 17 '19 at 17:51

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