I've been looking for the QEMU Guest Agent for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It seems like the Guest Agent is included in the official Repository from Ubuntu 14.04 and up (http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/qemu-guest-agent).

Is there a way to get the Guest Agent running in 12.04?

Update Compiling and/or installing qemu-guest-agent from the Trusty Repos seems to be the solution. While testing different VMs I noticed that the hosts have different OS versions (one with Precise/KVM and the other with Trusty/Spice). So my problem seems to be related to the combination of host and guest OSes. I have opened another question for this!

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Your best bet is to download the agent from http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/qemu-guest-agent (using the amd64 or i386 links in the "Download" table) and install it manually using sudo dpkg -i. The dependencies are satisfied in 12.04 so it should install without any problem.


It's probably easiest to download the source and recompile it:

cat > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/trusty-src.conf <<EOF
deb-src http://ftp.ubuntu.com/ubuntu trusty main universe
apt-get update
apt-get build-dep <package name>
apt-get -b source <package name>

This may not work due to missing build dependencies; if so, repeat the last two commands for those commands.

You may wish to put this in a PPA, too.


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