Error message "Failed to create session: Start job for unit user-XXX.slice failed with 'canceled'" seen in the journal

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Checking the journal, we can see error messages such as the one below:

    [...] sudo[XXX]: pam_systemd(sudo:session): Failed to create session: Start job for unit user-USERID.slice failed with 'canceled'
  • There seems to be no consequence on the system stability


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8
  • systemd, versions before 239-51.el8
  • PAM aware login tools (sudo, ssh, su)

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