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OCI KVM: Error Using oci-kvm create-network Command (Doc ID 2664769.1)

Last updated on MAY 22, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86-64 on Oracle Public Cloud


Using OCI KVM instance version 1.5.

When trying to run the following command as per the man page for oci-kvm the command fails:

# oci-kvm create-network --network-name=<NETWORK_NAME> --net=<IP_ADDRESS> --vcn-cidr <NETWORK>/<NETMASK> --ip-bridge=<IP_BRIDGE> --ip-start=<START_IP> --ip-end=<END_IP> --ip-prefix=<NETWORK_PREFIX>
oci-kvm: error: unrecognized arguments: --vcn-cidr <NETWORK>/<NETMASK>

If the argument --vcn-cidr is removed, the command runs but then gives the following error:

Job for kvm_net_wpkvm.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status kvm_net_wpkvm.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details

The details from systemctl are as follows:

# systemctl -l status kvm_net_wpkvm.service
● kvm_net_wpkvm.service - KVM network
Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/kvm_net_wpkvm.service; static; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2020-03-26 14:32:46 GMT; 1min 21s ago
Process: 102400 ExecStart=/usr/libexec/oci-kvm-network-script start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Main PID: 102400 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Mar 26 14:32:46  systemd[1]: Starting KVM network...
Mar 26 14:32:46  oci-kvm-network-script[102400]: Adding default route to <NETWORK_GATEWAY>
Mar 26 14:32:46  oci-kvm-network-script[102400]: Error: Nexthop has invalid gateway.
Mar 26 14:32:46  oci-kvm-network-script[102400]: Cannot add route : default <NETWORK_GATEWAY> via dev enp59sxxxx table enp59sxxxx
Mar 26 14:32:46  systemd[1]: kvm_net_wpkvm.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Mar 26 14:32:46  systemd[1]: Failed to start KVM network.
Mar 26 14:32:46  systemd[1]: Unit kvm_net_wpkvm.service entered failed state.
Mar 26 14:32:46  systemd[1]: kvm_net_wpkvm.service failed.


Instance created from KVM image version 1.5. System updated via yum and restarted. Issue reproducible.


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