[arch-general] VirtualBox 6 on 4.20 - Anybody seeing guests become unresponsive after several hours?

Steve Ovens steve.ovens at redhat.com
Thu Jan 3 18:38:06 UTC 2019

On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 1:25 PM David C. Rankin <
drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:

> All,
>   I have a number of virtualbox guests I run from my Arch host and have
> for a
> number of years. Since update to Virtualbox 6.0 (using the following AUR
> packages)
>   https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/virtualbox-bin/
>   https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/virtualbox-ext-oracle/
> after the guests have been running for several hours, they become totally
> unresponsive (both Linux and Windows guests). To the point that typing 'ls'
> results in nothing but echoing back the path where the command lives.
>   $ ls
>   /usr/bin/ls ....
>   Shutting down the desktop and moving back to the normal terminal where
> login: is display, attempting to login by entering a username and pressing
> enter does nothing but timeout and spit the uname information back to the
> screen and redisplay the login prompt.
>   Regardless of guest type, a hard poweroff is required to shutdown, as the
> guest is otherwise unresponsive.
>   VBoxManage controlvm "name" poweroff
> is required to actually terminate the guest. Restarting appears to go just
> fine. Looking at the virtualbox logs, there really isn't anything telling.
> There are a couple of VBVA and VRDP messages about display size and color
> depth, but nothing that stands out as an error. Nothing in the journal of
> the
> host that points to anything wrong.
>   Has anyone else seen this with VB 6 (either the Arch or AUR packages)?
> --
> David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

I have experienced similar, not lock ups like that but instead VB will
report the vm running but it seems unresponsive. Trying to launch them in
the foreground causes them to be marked "inaccessible". For anything
critical I use KVM so this doesn't really concern me too much. Its an
annoyance more than anything else

Steve Ovens
Consultant, RHCA DevOps
Red Hat Canada
Cell: 519-709-5775

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