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Fix Crostini Wayland/X (sommelier) service

If you can't get X11 or Wayland GUI Linux apps to start anymore on Chrome OS, try the following.

In the Terminal app, this will show the status of your systemd user services/units:

systemctl --user

If sommelier@0.service and sommelier-x@0.service show a failed status, the following worked for me:

sudo ln -s /opt/google/cros-containers/bin/sommelier.elf /usr/bin/
systemctl --user restart sommelier@0.service
systemctl --user restart sommelier-x@0.service
export DISPLAY=:0

Check again to see if those services are started now:

systemctl --user

Hopefully now X/Wayland apps work again.

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@Lucaacer
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Lucaacer commented Sep 2, 2018

It seems that both services are running on my Lenovo Pyro, but I will make a further check.

sommelier-x@0.service loaded active running X11 sommelier at display 0
sommelier@0.service loaded active running Master sommelier listening on socket wayland-0

Thanks for the hint.

@williamwilkerson2
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williamwilkerson2 commented Jul 31, 2020

How to disable X Wayland and enable X Org on Crostini?

@vdegenne
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vdegenne commented Dec 29, 2020

You are such a genius... Thanks a tone !
Has this issue been reported to the Chrome OS team by the way? Seems like a bug after all.

@TheTechRobo
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TheTechRobo commented Mar 17, 2021

Thank you very much! This worked.

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