Steps to Create Linux Container

After my last post about Docker Project, i start testing Linux Container but this time for lxc which is another amazing Package and should be used, if you installed and follow my steps in Previous steps here  then you can use lxc command without any suffer of installation 🙂

lxc stand for Linux Container.

Now i will start to describe how to create container using this command 

  • You need to know when lxc installed, it’s create file under /etc/lxc/ called default.conf this file should contain your network interface name and you need to add it.

[root@OEL6 ~]# cat /etc/lxc/default.conf = veth = docker0 = up

Sample output for ifconfig command :

docker0   Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:00:00:00:00:00
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::28ce:eeff:fe80:1fc8/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:17 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:1112 (1.0 KiB)  TX bytes:408 (408.0 b)

I used docker0 Interface because i already installed it , and configure the IP Address, if you don’t modify this file when you start container you will receive error :

[root@OEL6 container]# lxc-start –name test-container
lxc-start: failed to attach ‘vethaITNmu’ to the bridge ‘virbr0’ : No such device
lxc-start: failed to create netdev
lxc-start: failed to create the network
lxc-start: failed to spawn ‘test-container’

Anyway now after add the file with the right Interface name, you will be able to run and start working on lxc just follow the below steps :
  • Before Create any container you need to create Directory under /, if you don’t do this step another error will be appeared asking for this directory and telling you /container not found.

mkdir /container will solve the problem.

Now Let’s Start Creating new container called Test-container :

[root@OEL6 lxc]# lxc-create -n test-container -t oracle — -R 6.5

lxc-create: No config file specified, using the default config /etc/lxc/default.conf
Host is OracleServer 6.5
Create configuration file /container/test-container/config
Downloading release 6.5 for x86_64
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit, security
ol6_u5_base                                                     | 1.4 kB     00:00
ol6_u5_base/primary                                             | 3.2 MB     00:32
ol6_u5_base                                                                  8573/8573
Setting up Install Process

the above command will take some while to finish the configuration, it’s installing some packages needed by container you can have more than one container with different name.
After the creation is done you should be notice the below line :

Rebuilding rpm database
Configuring container for Oracle Linux 6.5
Added container user:oracle password:oracle
Added container user:root password:root

Container : /container/test-container/rootfs
Config    : /container/test-container/config
Network   : eth0 (veth) on virbr0
‘oracle’ template installed
‘test-container’ created

the container is not started yet !!! so we need to do this using the below command :

[root@OEL6 lxc]# lxc-start -n test-container
                Welcome to Oracle Linux Server
Setting hostname test-container:                        [  OK  ]
Checking filesystems
                                                                        [  OK  ]
Mounting local filesystems:                                [  OK  ]
No such file or directory
Enabling /etc/fstab swaps:                                 [  OK  ]
Entering non-interactive startup
Bringing up loopback interface:                         [  OK  ]
Bringing up interface eth0:
Determining IP information for eth0… failed.
Starting system logger:                                    [  OK  ]
Mounting filesystems:                                      [  OK  ]
Generating SSH1 RSA host key: No such file or directory
                                                                      [  OK  ]
Generating SSH2 RSA host key: No such file or directory
                                                                     [  OK  ]
Generating SSH2 DSA host key: No such file or directory
                                                                     [  OK  ]
Starting sshd:                                                 [  OK  ]
Oracle Linux Server release 6.5
Kernel 3.8.13-16.2.1.el6uek.x86_64 on an x86_64
test-container login:

I will fix FAILED Later now you need to connect to the container using the above User name and password given to you in the above line.
After this 
[root@test-container ~]#
I am connected 🙂 

You can delete the container using command 

lxc-destroy -n test-container  

Reference :
1- Oracle Linux containers Here 
2- Oracle Linux 6.5 and Docker Here

Thank you
Osama mustafa