Slow Shutdown – A stop job is running for Snappy Daemon

December 7, 2019 — 1 Comment

The shutdown process in Ubuntu 18.04 or Ubuntu 19.10 machine sometimes is really slow. It gets stuck at purple screen with Ubuntu logo and the dots for quite a few seconds.

Press F2 on keyboard when shutting down Ubuntu. It prompts that ‘A stop job is running for Snappy Daemon’ with a timer (1min 30s) at the end.

It is obviously an issue stopping the snappy daemon. I DON’T know how to fix the problem unless removing all snap applications and the daemon.

A workaround to this problem is to reduce this timeout, from 90s down to for example 10s.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to edit the /etc/systemd/system.conf file.

sudo gedit /etc/systemd/system.conf

When the file opens, change the line #DefaultTimeoutStopSec=90s to DefaultTimeoutStopSec=10s and save it.

2. Then either reboot or run command to reload the systemd daemon.

systemctl daemon-reload


I'm a freelance blogger who started using Ubuntu 5+ years ago and wishes to share my experiences and some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers. Please notify me if you find any typo/grammar/language mistakes. English is not my native language. Contact me on Google Plus or email to

One response to Slow Shutdown – A stop job is running for Snappy Daemon

  1. Thank you so much. A very old problem solved in a minute, thanks to you (december 2019) !

Leave a Reply

Text formatting is available via select HTML.

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>