Fix “Cannot Start VM or Console Due to TASK ERROR: Can’t Lock File ‘/var/lock/qemu-server/lock-#.conf’ – Got Timeout”


This document will delineate the steps necessary to correct an issue where you cannot start, stop, or open the console of a VM due to the following error:

TASK ERROR: can't lock file '/var/lock/qemu-server/lock-#.conf' - got timeout


This document assumes you have administrative access to the shell of the problem node, and that the problem node is available on the network.


This is often caused by a console session not closing out correctly or a hangup when moving between tabs of console sessions.


qm unlock ###

where ### is the unique VM ID of the virtual machine or container. If this does not work alone, safely reboot the host following use of this command.

Author: griffethbarker

Griff is a tinkerer and manager of IT, consultant of IT and management, and continuous student of organizational development. His hobbies and interests include games of all types (video, board, dice, card, tabletop, etc.) as well as listening to music, photography, and writing. Find him on LinkedIn!

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