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plymouth-start.service takes up a lot of memory and continues to grow

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12


plymouth-start.service is in the active state, the service takes up a lot of memory and continues to grow.

Check the status of plymouth-start.service
# systemctl status plymouth-start.service
● plymouth-start.service - Show Plymouth Boot Screen
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/plymouth-start.service; static; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2020-10-29 10:55:57 CST; 2s ago
  Process: 7208 ExecStartPost=/usr/bin/plymouth show-splash (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 7206 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/plymouthd --mode=boot --pid-file=/run/plymouth/pid --attach-to-session (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 7207 (plymouthd)
    Tasks: 1 (limit: 512)
   CGroup: /system.slice/plymouth-start.service
           └─7207 @usr/sbin/plymouthd --mode=boot --pid-file=/run/plymouth/pid --attach-to-session



Please execute the following steps to permanently disable plymouth :

(Perform these actions as the 'root' user)
1. Edit /etc/default/grub and change the kernel load line from this:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="resume=/dev/systemvg/swaplv splash=silent quiet showopts"

To this:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="resume=/dev/systemvg/swaplv splash=silent quiet showopts plymouth.enable=0"

2. Run this command to re-compile the grub.cfg
grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

3. Ready for a reboot. Next time the system is rebooted it will disable plymouth.


The plymouth-start service did not terminate normally.
plymouth-start only provides the splash screen during system startup and should then terminate.

For a production server, you can choose to disable plymouth to circumvent the problem.


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  • Document ID:000019766
  • Creation Date: 29-Oct-2020
  • Modified Date:29-Oct-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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