how to (properly) shut down a fedora 20 virtual machine?

Chris Murphy lists at
Tue Dec 17 17:09:41 UTC 2013

On Dec 17, 2013, at 8:43 AM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at> wrote:

>  not sure what list would be appropriate for this but i'll start here.
> currently running RHEL 6.5 on a 64-bit laptop, and installed a new
> fedora 20 VM using the Virtual Machine Manager -- seemed to work fine,
> f20 came up, looks good, but now i want to shut it down, so from the
> f20 console, i selected "Virtual Machine" -> "Shut Down" -> "Shut Down",
> whereupon it *looks* like the VM shuts down, but the VMM window shows

That command should be the same as 'virsh shutdown <vmname>'. I'm not sure how the message gets to the VM to shut it down cleanly but I'm guessing some sort of message gets to systemd in the VM.

How long have you waited for it to shutdown? You might be running into this bug:

slow shutdown unit user at 0.service entered failed state

I'm running into that delayed reboot/shutdown bug a lot. Not every time, but maybe 1/3 of the time? It happens on baremetal and in VMs. New F20 installs, and updated ones.

Chris Murphy

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