Devuan bug report logs - #633
qemu-guest-agent: Guest agent does not shut down the guest when requested to

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Package: sysvinit; Maintainer for sysvinit is Devuan Developers <>; Source for sysvinit is src:sysvinit.

Reported by: Fabio Muzzi <>

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 19:12:01 UTC

Severity: grave

Tags: chimaera

Found in version 2.96-7+devuan1

Fixed in versions 3.00-1+devuan1, 2.96-7+devuan2


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From: Fabio Muzzi <>
To: Devuan Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: qemu-guest-agent: Guest agent does not shut down the guest when requested to
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 20:06:15 +0100
Package: qemu-guest-agent
Version: 1:5.2+dfsg-11+deb11u1
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

Dear Maintainer,

I have installed a Devuan 4 guest in a PVE 7.1 host, with Quemu guest
enabled in PVE and the guest agent package installed in the guest.

When commanding a guest shutdown from the host, a shutdown command is
sent to the guest agent (because the host knows the guest has the agent
installed, otherwise it would use an ACPI command to "press the power

The guest gets the command, and writes in the syslog the following line:

Nov 20 18:50:09 fileserver qemu-ga: info: guest-shutdown called, mode:

Then a shutdown should be initiated, but nothing happens. The guest
keeps running.

I can send multiple shutdown commands from the host, they are all
received by the guest, but nothing happens, they just get logged in the

I would expect the guest agent to start a shutdown.

Tried installing a Debian 11 virtual on the same PVE host, and the
shutdown command works as expected, logging the same line and then
immediately commanding a shutdown.

I suppose that this version of qemu-ga requires systemd to actually command a shutdown? 

Qemu-ga is version 5.2.0

It worked in Devuan 3.

Kind regards

-- System Information:
Distributor ID:	Devuan
Description:	Devuan GNU/Linux 4 (chimaera)
Release:	4
Codename:	chimaera
Architecture: x86_64

Kernel: Linux 5.10.0-9-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU threads)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_US:en
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages qemu-guest-agent depends on:
ii  init-system-helpers   1.60+devuan1
ii  libc6                 2.31-13+deb11u2
ii  libeudev1 [libudev1]  3.2.9-10~chimaera1
ii  libglib2.0-0          2.66.8-1
ii  liburing1             0.7-3
ii  lsb-base              11.1.0

qemu-guest-agent recommends no packages.

qemu-guest-agent suggests no packages.

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Subject: #633: fixed in src:sysvinit version 2.96-7+devuan2
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 16:32:11 +0000
Version: 2.96-7+devuan2

Source package sysvinit (2.96-7+devuan2) added to Devuan suite chimaera.

This closes bug report 633.


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Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 16:21:12 +0000
Source: sysvinit
Architecture: source
Version: 2.96-7+devuan2
Distribution: chimaera
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Devuan Developers <>
Changed-By: Mark Hindley <>
Closes: 633
 sysvinit (2.96-7+devuan2) chimaera; urgency=medium
   * Backport upstream patch to fix parsing of shutdown +0 (Closes: #633).
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