[libvirt-users] All VMs permanently 'paused'

Francesc Guasch frankie at telecos.upc.edu
Mon Jan 8 16:39:04 UTC 2018

El 08/01/18 a las 17:03, Mark Coolen escribió:
> I set up Alpine Linux as a libvirt-based KVM hypervisor last week. 
> Everything was working beautifully on Friday. I left two Windows VMs up 
> and running and two 'Saved' on Friday afternoon. When I go in this 
> morning the two running ones were 'Paused' and I can't unpause them with 
> virt-manager or with virsh. The other two saved ones I can start, but 
> they are immediately paused too. When I click to unpause in virt- 
> manager nothing happens. When I 'resume' in virsh I get 'Domain ... 
> resumed' but it's immediately paused again. I looked in 
> /var/log/libvirt/libvirtd.log and qemu/<DOMAIN>.log and there doesn't 
> seem to be anything happening. No errors or anything.
> As I say. Everything was working fine on Friday afternoon.
> Does anyone know what I should try next? I'll attach my logs and the XML 
> of one of my machines.

I don't know what happened but I'm pretty sure you can recover
the domains removing the file stored by the pause command:

# virsh managedsave-remove domainname
# virs start domainname

As for the underlying problem , it happened to me once and I thought
it was caused by a full partition. Notice the saved state files won't
go to the storage pool directory. In my system those files are kept on:


Hope this helped a little bit.

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