I'm having a bit of trouble connecting to my virtual machine host, which is an Ubuntu server running KVM/Libvirt. I can connect to the server using an Ubuntu client and I can connect via virsh on a Fedora 16 client. Unfortunately, connecting via virt-manager fails with the error: "unable to open a connection to the libvirt management daemon".

  • Is libvirtd running on the system? – sybreon Sep 27 '11 at 23:36
  • Yes: bshacklett@edo:~$ ps aux | grep libvirtd 1000 2347 0.0 0.0 7620 920 pts/0 S+ 16:54 0:00 grep libvirtd root 26368 0.0 0.0 216880 5252 ? Sl Sep26 0:02 /usr/sbin/libvirtd -d – bshacklett Sep 27 '11 at 23:54
  • I attempted to connect with virt-manager on an OpenSuse box last night and experienced the same issue. It seems to me that this is more of a server-side issue than client-side. Is there a chance that Ubuntu (or Debian) doing something strange with the Libvirt packages? I plan to take a network trace with Wireshark tonight if I don't get wrapped up in other things. – bshacklett Sep 30 '11 at 13:36

I needed to install the openssh-askpass package.

  • +1 for solving your own problem. – sybreon Oct 1 '11 at 11:51

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