spicevmc is not a valid char driver name

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


Situation

If system was migrated from :
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP0
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2 
versions to :
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3 
or
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4 .

And VM's stopped starting and error message is complaining about spice.
Alternatively if starting virt-install command using --graphics spice option ,
which leads following type of error:

qemu-system-x86_64: -chardev spicevmc,id=charchannel1,name=vdagent: 'spicevmc' is not a valid char driver name

 

Resolution

The fix is to install qemu-chardev-spice package..
zypper in qemu-chardev-spice

 

Cause

With the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3 the qemu package was splitted in way that the spicevmc driver had it's own package .

This was not mentioned in RELEASE NOTES.

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  • Document ID:000020759
  • Creation Date: 12-Sep-2022
  • Modified Date:12-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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