For open-vm-tools this issue will only exist with the planned backport of the newer version. Since we will not ship the broken backport as we found it in pre-checks the correct state for open-vm-tools in xenial is invalid.
** Changed in: open-vm-tools (Ubuntu Xenial) Status: Triaged => Invalid -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu Touch seeded packages, which is subscribed to systemd in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1750780 Title: Race with local file systems can make open-vm-tools fail to start Status in cloud-init: Invalid Status in open-vm-tools package in Ubuntu: Fix Released Status in systemd package in Ubuntu: Fix Released Status in open-vm-tools source package in Xenial: Invalid Status in systemd source package in Xenial: New Status in open-vm-tools package in Debian: Incomplete Bug description: Since the change in  open-vm-tools-service starts very (very) early. Not so much due to the Before=cloud-init-local.service But much more by DefaultDependencies=no That can trigger an issue that looks like root@ubuntuguest:~# systemctl status -l open-vm-tools.service ● open-vm-tools.service - Service for virtual machines hosted on VMware Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/open-vm-tools.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: failed (Result: resources) As it is right now open-vm-tools can race with the other early start and then fail. In detail one can find a message like: open-vm-tools.service: Failed to run 'start' task: Read-only file system" This is due to privtaeTmp=yes which is also set needing a writable /var/tmp  To ensure this works PrivateTmp would have to be removed (not good) or some after dependencies added that make this work reliably. I added After=local-fs.target which made it work for me in 3/3 tests. I' like to have an ack by the cloud-init Team that this does not totally kill the originally intended Before=cloud-init-local.service I think it does not as local-fs can complete before cloud-init-local, then open-vm-tools can initialize and finally cloud-init-local can pick up the data. To summarize: # cloud-init-local # DefaultDependencies=no Wants=network-pre.target After=systemd-remount-fs.service Before=NetworkManager.service Before=network-pre.target Before=shutdown.target Before=sysinit.target Conflicts=shutdown.target RequiresMountsFor=/var/lib/cloud # open-vm-tools # DefaultDependencies=no Before=cloud-init-local.service Proposed is to add to the latter: After=local-fs.target : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=859677 : https://github.com/systemd/systemd/issues/5610 To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/cloud-init/+bug/1750780/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp