virsh error: could not find capabilities for arch=x86 64

By on May 22nd, 2019

When starting vm’s the error could not find capabilities means one of two things in most cases.

First, the directory /var/cache/libvirt/qemu/capabilities/ may not be writable. One possible solution is removing it and restarting libvirt with

service libvirtd restart
or
systemctl restart libvirtd.service

Also check that the file system is not out of space.

The second thing could be that virtualization is not enabled in bios. Run the command
virt-host-validate

To check that all settings are enabled. The output will look like

QEMU: Checking for hardware virtualization : PASS
QEMU: Checking if device /dev/kvm exists : PASS
QEMU: Checking if device /dev/kvm is accessible : PASS
QEMU: Checking if device /dev/vhost-net exists : PASS
QEMU: Checking if device /dev/net/tun exists : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'memory' controller support : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'memory' controller mount-point : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'cpu' controller support : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'cpu' controller mount-point : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'cpuacct' controller support : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'cpuacct' controller mount-point : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'cpuset' controller support : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'cpuset' controller mount-point : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'devices' controller support : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'devices' controller mount-point : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'blkio' controller support : PASS
QEMU: Checking for cgroup 'blkio' controller mount-point : PASS
QEMU: Checking for device assignment IOMMU support : PASS
QEMU: Checking if IOMMU is enabled by kernel : WARN (IOMMU appears to be disabled in kernel. Add intel_iommu=on to kernel cmdline arguments)
LXC: Checking for Linux >= 2.6.26 : PASS
LXC: Checking for namespace ipc : PASS
LXC: Checking for namespace mnt : PASS
LXC: Checking for namespace pid : PASS
LXC: Checking for namespace uts : PASS
LXC: Checking for namespace net : PASS
LXC: Checking for namespace user : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'memory' controller support : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'memory' controller mount-point : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'cpu' controller support : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'cpu' controller mount-point : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'cpuacct' controller support : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'cpuacct' controller mount-point : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'cpuset' controller support : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'cpuset' controller mount-point : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'devices' controller support : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'devices' controller mount-point : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'blkio' controller support : PASS
LXC: Checking for cgroup 'blkio' controller mount-point : PASS
LXC: Checking if device /sys/fs/fuse/connections exists : PASS

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