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cpupower.service Fails to Start on VM (Doc ID 2531027.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 23, 2021

Applies to:

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Oracle VM - Version 3.0.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


 cpupower.service fails to start on VM. 


when starting cpupower.service ,it shows errors like:

# systemctl start cpupower.service
Job for cpupower.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status cpupower.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
# systemctl status cpupower.service -l
● cpupower.service - Configure CPU power related settings
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/cpupower.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2019-04-16 04:14:44 UTC; 4min 8s ago
Process: 742 ExecStart=/usr/bin/cpupower $CPUPOWER_START_OPTS (code=exited, status=237)
Main PID: 742 (code=exited, status=237)

Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname cpupower[742]: - Do you have proper administration rights? (super-user?)
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname cpupower[742]: - Is the governor you requested available and modprobed?
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname cpupower[742]: - Trying to set an invalid policy?
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname cpupower[742]: - Trying to set a specific frequency, but userspace governor is not available,
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname cpupower[742]: for example because of hardware which cannot be set to a specific frequency
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname cpupower[742]: or because the userspace governor isn't loaded?
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname systemd[1]: cpupower.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=237/n/a
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname systemd[1]: Failed to start Configure CPU power related settings.
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname systemd[1]: Unit cpupower.service entered failed state.
Apr 16 04:14:44 hostname systemd[1]: cpupower.service failed.


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