Debian 10 is slow to boot, or won't boot at all

Posted November 16, 2019 4.1k views
Debian 10

I chose a Debian 10 droplet, installed some packages, added a firewall, and updated the packages on the system. Now when I reboot, I’ve waited 25 minutes, and it still is stuck in the boot process.

I booted from a recovery USB, and uninstalled the firewall in case that was interfering with configuration of the droplet during the boot process, but that didn’t help.

I tested out a Debian 9 droplet and didn’t run into this issue. A new and upgraded Debian 10 droplet took a while to boot the first and second time, but now takes about a minute to reboot. Note that SSH is unavailable until a message about the crng prints to the screen, even though all SSH keys should be generated by now.

I’d rather not restart from scratch on a Debian 10 image, because I’ve already configured this one quite a bit. Is there any way I can save this image?


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Hi @sudoman, I would recommend opening your console and checking the boot process. It is probably getting stuck somewhere due to a service or something else. This should give you more information on what exactly is going on.

  • Thanks for your help. I didn’t see anything on the boot screen that was concerning, so there may have been no output for this, or it was off the screen. Unfortunately, when I booted into a recovery image, there were no recent boot logs in the file system.

    I decided to move on from that system, but I still have a snapshot if it’s needed for debugging in the future.