The daemon cannot be started


The libvirt daemon cannot be started:

# /etc/init.d/libvirtd start
* Caching service dependencies ...                                                                                             [ ok ]
* Starting libvirtd ...
/usr/sbin/libvirtd: error: Unable to initialize network sockets. Check /var/log/messages or run without --daemon for more info.
* start-stop-daemon: failed to start `/usr/sbin/libvirtd'                                                                      [ !! ]
* ERROR: libvirtd failed to start

However, there is nothing in the /var/log/messages. Therefore we need to change libvirt logging:


# You need to uncomment this line

After that, we try to startup libvirt once again. This time we can see the problem: /var/log/messages:

Feb  6 17:22:09 bart libvirtd: 17576: info : libvirt version: 0.9.9
Feb  6 17:22:09 bart libvirtd: 17576: error : virNetTLSContextCheckCertFile:92: Cannot read CA certificate '/etc/pki/CA/cacert.pem': No such file or directory
Feb  6 17:22:09 bart /etc/init.d/libvirtd[17573]: start-stop-daemon: failed to start `/usr/sbin/libvirtd'
Feb  6 17:22:09 bart /etc/init.d/libvirtd[17565]: ERROR: libvirtd failed to start


In libvirtd manpage, we can find that missing file is used as TLS authority when libvirt is run in 'Listen for TCP/IP connections' mode. In other words, the --listen parameter is being passed.


  1. Install CA certificate

  2. Don't use TLS but bare TCP instead. In /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf set listen_tls = 0 and listen_tcp = 1.

  3. Don't pass --listen. In /etc/sysconfig/libvirtd change LIBVIRTD_ARGS variable.