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and subject line found 888955 - is the same, closing this one
has caused the Debian Bug report #891071,
regarding Race on startup can let the service completely fail
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Package: open-vm-tools
Version: 2:10.2.0-3

I've got reported issues which looked like a failed to start service
on boot with:
   Active: failed (Result: resources)

A restart on the system after boot worked.

The actual issue was eventually to be found as: "Read-only file system".
After a while I realized we essentially hit [1].

Since [2] the service sets DefaultDependencies=no
But OTOH we use "PrivateTmp=yes" which needs writable /var/tmp.

The combination of the above without precaution is the issue as it may
be started before all file systems are up.

I propose a change to the dependencies that in all my tests worked fine with:
1. still being before cloud-init
2. the file system being ready and no more hitting the issue

--- a/debian/open-vm-tools.service
+++ b/debian/open-vm-tools.service
@@ -4,6 +4,7 @@ Documentation=



Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd

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I saw too late that we already had a bug on this.
I'll chime in there, closing this one.

Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd

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