When attempting to start the iscsitarget service, I get

FATAL: Module iscsi_trgt not found.

Trying to build module using instructions from http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/iscsitarget/index.php?title=Unofficial_DEBs fails and the build log only has a single line in it saying the build started. Nothing about the failure.

  • Which ubuntu-version do you use? – Clausi Oct 21 '11 at 10:13

It depends on your ubuntu-version.

On newer systems (since Maverick) you have to install some additional packets:

sudo aptitude install iscsitarget iscsitarget-source iscsitarget-dkms

This compiles the required module automagically.

On Lucid you have to compile yourself (and maybe again after every kernel-update):

sudo aptitude install iscsitarget iscsitarget-source
# compile with module-assitant
sudo m-a a-i iscsitarget
  • These are the instructions I had followed. The question is how to determine why the compile is failing. – bumbling fool Oct 19 '11 at 11:17
  • The log-files can be found under /var/cache/modass. Have you tried the -t -v options (text-mode + verbose)? – Clausi Oct 21 '11 at 10:13
  • In ubuntu 11.10 oneiric ocelot, installing above mentioned packages will automatically compile the required kernel modules and install it to the system. After that, you can run; sudo /etc/init.d/iscsitarget start to start the iscsitarget service. Hope this helps :) – nobody Dec 15 '11 at 5:26
  • @Sajith, This may be true in general, however the same package broke for me when upgrading from 10.04. I had to apt-get install iscsitarget-dkms to fix it then add the module manually. Not sure why. The above directions did fix it though. :) – EnabrenTane Jan 4 '12 at 2:09

If none of the solutions are working, try following:

apt-get install --reinstall iscsitarget-dkms

This re-installs the iscsitarget dkms and resolved the problem for me.


I went through all of the above and couldn't fix the error, but finally got it working with:

apt purge iscsitarget
apt install iscsitarget

If nothing else is working then give this a shot.

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