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asked 2015-11-03 17:26:27 -0500

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updated 2015-11-03 17:34:14 -0500

1) download ubuntu iso 2) start boxes 3) select iso file 4) boxes says connection failed

64 bit fedora 20 host. vm ubuntu 32 bit 14.04

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answered 2015-11-03 21:20:31 -0500

Not sure maybe it didn't install the libvirt, qemu, and kvm packages needed.

yum list installed | grep -i 'virt-\|qemu-\|kvm'

to see if you have the required packages installed

ps aux | grep [l]ibvirtd

to see if you have the libvirt daemon running. If the daemon isn't running you'll often get an error message like that.

Also Fedora 20 is EOL(end of life)

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Yup. Ensure your critical data is backed up and upgrade to Fedora 22, at least.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2015-11-03 22:15:42 -0500 )edit

boxes actually uses an implementation of the virtualization stack that runs as the normal user; it can connect to system libvirtd, but doesn't require it.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-11-04 00:34:14 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the info. I was going to add the output from yum list installed | grep -i 'virt-\|qemu-\|kvm' but it doesn't seem to fit. Perhaps there is a limit on the size of these comment boxes? livirtd is running and qemu and qemu-kvm are installed. I'm not wild about upgrading - I read that the X server has been discontinued, and I have never upgraded fedora - I wouldn't feel confident that I wouldn't create days of work by attempting it.

jim99 gravatar imagejim99 ( 2015-11-07 18:49:45 -0500 )edit

yum list installed | grep -i 'virt-\|qemu-\|kvm' | sed -n -e 's/^\([a-z0-9-]*\).\(noarch\|x86_64\|i686\).*/\1/p' that should trim it down. However I'll believe that you have libvirt-client, libvirt-daemon-kvm, libvirt-docs, qemu-kvm , qemu-kvm-tools, and virt-manager installed or something close to it. Fedora is trying to move towards using wayland instead of X11 more and more; however it's not there yet. I just upgraded from Fedora 21 to Fedora 23; backup, wipe, and reload from scratch. It wasn't that bad. Best to have plan.

spollei gravatar imagespollei ( 2015-11-07 19:25:10 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the wayland link. I installed virt-manager, rebooted, and needed to run sudo setsebool -P virt_use_execmem 1. Boxes is now running, thanks for the help.

jim99 gravatar imagejim99 ( 2015-11-08 05:30:18 -0500 )edit

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