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0005727Kali LinuxGeneral Bugpublic2020-12-01 10:48
Reporteruser6331Assigned Torhertzog  
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Product Version2019.3 
Summary0005727: Gnome Shell crashes after "libgnome-desktop-3-18" installation

After upgrading my kali packages, like I usually do every Saturday, everything went well, till I reboot, and BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!

Gnome crash and doesn't start, no login screen, only black screen with curser.

After I switch to another VT, here is what I found in /var/log/messages/ in the screenshoot "asset2" below

Steps To Reproduce

apt update && apt full-upgrade

The following NEW packages will be installed:
gir1.2-handy-0.0 libgnome-desktop-3-18 libhandy-0.0-0
The following packages will be upgraded:
cheese eog evince evince-common gdm3 gir1.2-freedesktop gir1.2-gdm-1.0 gir1.2-glib-2.0 gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0 gir1.2-poppler-0.18 gir1.2-totem-1.0 gjs gnome-boxes gnome-font-viewer gnome-keyring gnome-keyring-pkcs11 gnome-screenshot gnome-software gnome-tweaks libevdocument3-4 libevview3-3 libgdm1 libgnome-desktop-3-dev libnautilus-extension1a libpam-gnome-keyring libtotem0 nautilus totem totem-plugins
Need to get 121 MB of archives.
After this operation, 19,1 MB of additional disk space will be used.

The upgrading packages require the installation of "libgnome-desktop-3-18" and this one breaks gnome after reboot

Additional Information

As kali admins suggested for a temporary fix, until the release of a permanent fix from Gnome, here is what you can do:

  • systemctl set-default (work in text mode)
  • apt install lightdm (lightdm instead of gdm3)
Attached Files


related to 0005726 resolvedrhertzog black screen at login prompt and no alternate VTs 



2019-10-06 09:52


Here is the logs screenshot


2019-10-06 09:54



asset2.JPG (672,236 bytes)


2019-10-06 16:09

reporter   ~0011160

I am also having this issue and was able to narrow it down to the gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0 package.


2019-10-06 17:09


If you upgrade gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0, it will automatically install libgnome-desktop-3-18
In any case, libgnome-desktop-3-18 is causing black screen issues and breaks gnome shell



2019-10-06 18:14

reporter   ~0011162

Yes it is caused by gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0 version 3.34.0-2, i downgrade it to .

The bug on Debian side: .


2019-10-06 18:31


Ok, after reading more about the bug, it only affects gnome-shell <= 3.34.
Kali need to release the latest gnome-shell in order to fix this

Gnome has fixed the issue one month ago, because at kali, we're still using gnome-shell 3.30.2



2019-10-06 19:52

administrator   ~0011164

We have downgraded the gnome-desktop3 source package in kali-rolling for now as switching to the new gnome-shell 3.34 requires some preliminary work to update our kali menu patch (in gnome-shell-extensions).

If you have already upgraded to the broken version, run this command in a root command line:

apt install gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0/kali-rolling

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Selected version '' (kali-rolling [amd64]) for 'gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0'
The following packages will be DOWNGRADED:


2019-10-06 20:32


After downgrading gnome-desktop3-data (apt install gnome-desktop3-data/kali-rolling), this is what I get after upgrading:

apt update && apt full-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
Use 'apt autoremove' to remove it.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
evince folder-color gnome-core gnome-sushi nautilus nautilus-share totem-plugins
The following NEW packages will be installed:
gir1.2-handy-0.0 libhandy-0.0-0
The following packages have been kept back:
cheese eog gir1.2-totem-1.0 gnome-font-viewer gnome-software libtotem0 totem
The following packages will be upgraded:
evince-common gdm3 gir1.2-freedesktop gir1.2-gdm-1.0 gir1.2-glib-2.0 gir1.2-ibus-1.0 gnome-boxes gnome-keyring gnome-keyring-pkcs11gnome-screenshot gnome-tweaks libevdocument3-4 libevview3-3 libgmime-3.0-0 libnautilus-extension1a libpam-gnome-keyring
Need to get 121 MB of archives.
After this operation, 14,5 MB of additional disk space will be used.

The good thing, libgnome-desktop-3-18 won't be installed, but I'll loose important packages like Nautilus (File Manager) and Evince (PDF Reader) and other gnome apps won't be updated!


2019-10-07 15:39


I can confirm rhertzog solution is working

I just did a full-upgrade this morning, and everything worked well.

gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0 nor libgnome-desktop-3-18 won't be installed, anymore.

Thank you guys


2019-10-09 18:35


Debian unstable has release patch for those packages
libgnome-desktop-3-18 = 3.34.1-1
gnome-desktop3-data = 3.34.1-1

I have installed them, and indeed no more crash or black login screen.

Kali admins can push them into kali-rolling repo, so it can fix other issues like Nautilus or gnome-sushi removal



2019-10-10 11:40

administrator   ~0011182

We completed the transition to Gnome 3.34. Should be fixed in kali-rolling now.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-10-06 09:50 user6331 New Issue
2019-10-06 09:52 user6331 Note Added: 0011158
2019-10-06 09:54 user6331 File Added: asset2.JPG
2019-10-06 09:54 user6331 Note Added: 0011159
2019-10-06 16:09 morepoints Note Added: 0011160
2019-10-06 17:09 user6331 Note Added: 0011161
2019-10-06 18:14 fl0 Note Added: 0011162
2019-10-06 18:31 user6331 Note Added: 0011163
2019-10-06 19:52 rhertzog Note Added: 0011164
2019-10-06 20:13 rhertzog Assigned To => rhertzog
2019-10-06 20:13 rhertzog Status new => assigned
2019-10-06 20:32 user6331 Note Added: 0011166
2019-10-07 10:16 sbrun Relationship added related to 0005726
2019-10-07 15:39 user6331 Note Added: 0011168
2019-10-09 18:35 user6331 Note Added: 0011180
2019-10-10 11:40 rhertzog Status assigned => resolved
2019-10-10 11:40 rhertzog Resolution open => fixed
2019-10-10 11:40 rhertzog Note Added: 0011182
2020-12-01 10:48 g0tmi1k Priority immediate => normal