Slow Shutdown – A stop job is running for Snappy Daemon

Last updated: December 7, 2019

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



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3 responses 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) !

  2. It works 100%

  3. This does not work in my case. I have tried several solutions posted on the internet and none of them have worked thus far. My system is Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and it was working just fine until I made some modifications somewhere (can’t remember what they were exactly). Ever since the system has been hanging up on shutdown and reboot.

    I found a way to get out of the hangup without holding the power button on the computer until it powers off. I press Alt+SysRq+b keys all together and then release them. This forces a reboot into my grub menu where I select Windows 10 and then power down out of Windows.

    I hope someone comes up with a solution for my case soon. I am not an expert in Linux, just goof around with this and that.