Bug#769187: general: Entries in system log for failed services refer to FreeDesktop.ORG for support
I use Virtualbox to run test environments for the packages I maintain
(just a few really). I install virtualbox-guest-utils in my guest
installations to adjust system clock after hibernation.
In Jessie, there seem to be a problem with the virtualbox guest service.
It fails to start and, as usual, I look in the system log for clues.
Now, as a DD I am of course very much aware of the highly debated
change in Jessie to a new default init process. I have had no strong
feelings about this so far, other than that in general, as a user, I
very much value the freedom of choice. That is why I choose to use free
and open source software when available in the first place.
Any way, back to the failed start of the virtualbox service. I went to
the system log for clues, in this case using 'journalctl -x'. To my
surprise, where ever there was a problem reported, there was also a
reference to systemd-devel mailing list at FreeDesktop.ORG for support.
In my particular case it looked like this:
// log extract begins
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd sudo: tomfa : TTY=pts/0 ; PWD=/home/tomfa ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/usr/sbin/service virtualbox-guest-utils start
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd sudo: pam_unix(sudo:session): session opened for user root by tomfa(uid=0)
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd virtualbox-guest-utils: Starting VirtualBox AdditionsNo suitable module for running kernel found ... failed!
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd virtualbox-guest-utils: failed!
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd sudo: pam_unix(sudo:session): session closed for user root
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd systemd: virtualbox-guest-utils.service: control process exited, code=exited status=1
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd systemd: Failed to start LSB: VirtualBox Linux Additions.
-- Subject: Unit virtualbox-guest-utils.service has failed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
-- Unit virtualbox-guest-utils.service has failed.
-- The result is failed.
nov 10 01:36:47 debian-systemd systemd: Unit virtualbox-guest-utils.service entered failed state.
// log extract ends
I don't understand why there should be a reference to an external support
entity when the issue obviously is Debian related and should be reported
as such in Debian-related forums. My specific issue has nothing to do
with systemd or FreeDesktop.ORG. I want the external reference removed.
If it stays it will only create confusion and misunderstanding.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
APT prefers testing-updates
APT policy: (500, 'testing-updates'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 3.16-3-amd64 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=sv_SE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=sv_SE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash