Devuan bug report logs - #459
autopkgtest-build-qemu does not set up /dev/ttyS[01]

Package: autopkgtest; Maintainer for autopkgtest is (unknown); Source for autopkgtest is src:autopkgtest.

Reported by: Ryutaroh Matsumoto <>

Date: Sat, 16 May 2020 08:18:01 UTC

Severity: minor

Tags: beowulf, ceres, debian

Found in versions 5.10, 5.13.1

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Subject: autopkgtest-build-qemu does not set up /dev/ttyS[01]
From: Ryutaroh Matsumoto <>
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Package: autopkgtest
Version: 5.13.1
Severity: minor
Tags: beowulf ceres
Control: found -1 5.10

Dear Maintainer,

"man autopkgtest-virt-qemu" says:
       autopkgtest-virt-qemu  assumes  that you have already prepared a suitable Debian based QEMU image (see BUILDING IMAGES below for how to create them).
       But you can use any VM which has python3 or python installed and either

       *   opens a root shell on ttyS1, or

       *   has a serial console on ttyS0 where you can log in (getty or similar) with specified user and password. This will then be used to  start  a  root
           shell on ttyS1, to reduce this to the first case and to not assume that ttyS0 stays operational throughout the whole test.

But autopkgtest-build-qemu does not adjust /etc/inittab inside the qemu image,
and autopkgtest-virt-qemu always fails.
Workaround is easy, just modify /etc/inittab in the qemu image.

This issue is found in package versions 5.13.1 and 5.10.

Best regards, Ryutaroh Matsumoto

-- System Information:
Distributor ID:	Debian
Description:	Devuan GNU/Linux 3 (beowulf)
Release:	3
Codename:	beowulf
Architecture: x86_64

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-9-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=ja_JP.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=ja_JP.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=ja_JP.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages autopkgtest depends on:
ii  apt-utils
ii  libdpkg-perl    1.19.7
ii  procps          2:3.3.15-2+devuan1
ii  python3         3.7.3-1
ii  python3-debian  0.1.35

Versions of packages autopkgtest recommends:
ii  autodep8  0.18

Versions of packages autopkgtest suggests:
pn  lxc               <none>
pn  lxd               <none>
ii  ovmf              0~20181115.85588389-3+deb10u1
pn  qemu-efi-aarch64  <none>
pn  qemu-efi-arm      <none>
pn  qemu-system       <none>
ii  qemu-utils        1:3.1+dfsg-8+deb10u5
pn  schroot           <none>
ii  vmdb2             0.13.2+git20190215-1

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