For a couple of weeks I have been getting the "System problem detected" every time I log in after booting.

Solutions like this one say delete the files in /var/crash but there are no files here on my system.

I do not want to turn crash reporting off or send them automatically.

I do want to know what in my system may be causing problems.

How can I find out which part of my system is causing this problem despite non-existent reports or, if the report alert itself is a bug, how can I prevent the system problem alert for this non-issue while continuing to receive system problem alerts for real issues?

Update: This behavior has stopped without my intervention but I will leave the question open in case others experience the same thing.

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The best advice would be find the problem and fix it,

Without determining the problem, you should be able to disable the popup, (but you would be better off finding th source of the "problem")

vim /etc/default/apport

# set this to 0 to disable apport, or to 1 to enable it
# you can temporarily override this with
# sudo service apport start force_start=1

enabled=1 # <-- Set this to 0

Or sudo systemctl stop apport.service to stop it (also could disable).

If you do want to try and find out what is causing the issue, you can insepect the logs, what I find useful and has helped me track down most errors:

Look for any service files that aren't starting correclty

systemctl --failed

Look through the journal of the current boot for any error messages

journalctl -p 3 -b
  • Thanks, but i believe you've misread my question. Both quotes of mine are saying the same thing. You may have accidentally read a "not" in the first quote. Feb 28, 2019 at 11:34
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    @authentictech you might also try systemctl --failed I'm not entirely sure what triggers the popup tbh
    – j-money
    Feb 28, 2019 at 11:54
  • The problem stopped by itself soon after your comments so I couldn't find anything wrong but I think those two comments would probably be useful. I don't think there is a chance of a better answer so if you want to add the two comments to the answer I will accept it as the answer. Mar 15, 2019 at 14:39
  • @authentictech updated
    – j-money
    Mar 16, 2019 at 18:10
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    This systemctl --failed help me to find the reason why I was getting the prompt on each login (+1) Feb 14, 2020 at 15:51

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