[Proxmox 3.4] Start KVM guest qcow2 image from ZFS store


New Member
Feb 21, 2012
Hi,I just setup a brand new install of the new Proxmox 3.4 version and of course I wanted to use ZFS for everything.However, after creating my first KVM machine it seems one can't start any virtual machine storing it's files on a ZFS volume :-(This is the error I got:

kvm: -drive file=/var/lib/vz/images/100/vm-100-disk-1.qcow2,if=none,id=drive-ide0,format=qcow2,aio=native,cache=none,detect-zeroes=on: file system may not support O_DIRECTkvm: -drive file=/var/lib/vz/images/100/vm-100-disk-1.qcow2,if=none,id=drive-ide0,format=qcow2,aio=native,cache=none,detect-zeroes=on: could not open disk image /var/lib/vz/images/100/vm-100-disk-1.qcow2: Could not open '/var/lib/vz/images/100/vm-100-disk-1.qcow2': Invalid argumentTASK ERROR: start failed: command '/usr/bin/kvm -id 100 -chardev 'socket,id=qmp,path=/var/run/qemu-server/100.qmp,server,nowait' -mon 'chardev=qmp,mode=control' -vnc unix:/var/run/qemu-server/100.vnc,x509,password -pidfile /var/run/qemu-server/100.pid -daemonize -smbios 'type=1,uuid=98d24945-e388-46a1-8f17-910d70eb383a' -name pfsense -smp '2,sockets=1,cores=2,maxcpus=2' -nodefaults -boot 'menu=on,strict=on,reboot-timeout=1000' -vga cirrus -cpu host,+x2apic -m 2048 -k de -cpuunits 1000 -device 'piix3-usb-uhci,id=uhci,bus=pci.0,addr=0x1.0x2' -device 'usb-tablet,id=tablet,bus=uhci.0,port=1' -device 'virtio-balloon-pci,id=balloon0,bus=pci.0,addr=0x3' -iscsi 'initiator-name=iqn.1993-08.org.debian:01:b5fb81bbe8b' -drive 'file=/var/lib/vz/images/100/vm-100-disk-1.qcow2,if=none,id=drive-ide0,format=qcow2,aio=native,cache=none,detect-zeroes=on' -device 'ide-hd,bus=ide.0,unit=0,drive=drive-ide0,id=ide0,bootindex=100' -drive 'file=/var/lib/vz/template/iso/pfSense-LiveCD-2.2.1-RELEASE-amd64.iso,if=none,id=drive-ide2,media=cdrom,aio=native' -device 'ide-cd,bus=ide.1,unit=0,drive=drive-ide2,id=ide2,bootindex=200' -netdev 'type=tap,id=net0,ifname=tap100i0,script=/var/lib/qemu-server/pve-bridge,downscript=/var/lib/qemu-server/pve-bridgedown' -device 'e1000,mac=52:89:66:61:B2:DA,netdev=net0,bus=pci.0,addr=0x12,id=net0,bootindex=300' -netdev 'type=tap,id=net1,ifname=tap100i1,script=/var/lib/qemu-server/pve-bridge,downscript=/var/lib/qemu-server/pve-bridgedown' -device 'e1000,mac=B6:74:BA:0E:0F:F9,netdev=net1,bus=pci.0,addr=0x13,id=net1,bootindex=301'' failed: exit code 1

I was wondering weather this is a known issue? Wasn't able to find anything about this yet in the forum.

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Sorry for the misformatted post... seems I can't even correct it nor can I just do a new one (they all look the same...)


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