QEMU Guest Agent for FreeBSD 12.1

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I am running 1.02b DS3617xs/6.1.7 and I created a virtual machine running FreeBSD 12.1 on the Virtual Machine Manager from Synology. When I want to power off the vm it said I dont have the guest agent installed. I tried looking for it in FreeBSD ports and packages but cannot get any meaningful progress. Can anyone point me to the right direction please?

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6 hours ago, flyride said:

You could have mentioned that you found, and are not able to use the Syno builds.


"qemu guest agent bsd"



Yeah I read that also. Failed initially and found out the port tree was updated to a new version. After redirected to the correct version all is good. Just somehow the whole process installed over 1G of files and spent hours to compile so that I can shutdown from the VMM isn't quite justifying... XD

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After several attempts I figured out how to install the qemu-guest-agent in FreeBSD 12.1 without wasting G of space and hours of compiling this and that. Here are the instructions, for those who might need it:

# install all required binaries
pkg install -y gettext-runtime git glib gmake pkgconf python37

# update the port tree
portsnap auto

# use qemu41 instead 
mv /usr/ports/emulators/qemu /usr/ports/emulators/qemu42 && ln -s /usr/ports/emulators/qemu41 /usr/ports/emulators/qemu

# download the qemu-guest-agent source and compile/install it
git clone https://github.com/aborche/qemu-guest-agent.git /usr/ports/emulators/qemu-guest-agent
cd /usr/ports/emulators/qemu-guest-agent
make install clean

# restore the port tree
rm /usr/ports/emulators/qemu && mv /usr/ports/emulators/qemu42 /usr/ports/emulators/qemu

# enable the guest agent in rc.conf
sysrc qemu_guest_agent_enable="YES"
sysrc qemu_guest_agent_flags="-d -v -l /var/log/qemu-ga.log"

# load the VirtIO console and make it permanent
kldload virtio_console
echo 'virtio_console_load="YES"' >> /boot/loader.conf

# start the guest agent
service qemu-guest-agent start

It could still take around 30 mins tho.


Reference: https://github.com/aborche/qemu-guest-agent

Edited by Gamtrulia
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