Today when managing our VM running Ubuntu 16.04 we ran across this rather serious fault. We rebooted the VM immediately in principle.

Hopefully Canonical can fix this problem so that cloud users can carry on.

The VM runs MySQL to handle webapps and it works fine.


sudo apt-get update
Hit:1 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial InRelease
Get:2 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]
Get:3 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Get:5 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-updates/main Sources [277 kB]
Get:6 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-updates/main amd64 Packages [636 kB]
Get:7 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages [538 kB]
Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-security/main Sources [93.1 kB]
Get:9 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-security/main amd64 Packages [358 kB]
Fetched 2,209 kB in 2s (745 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
FATAL -> Failed to fork.