Installing LXC on CentOS 7
While it looks like that lots of people are moving towards using Docker, sometimes having a complete lightweight virtual machine can be just as useful - Docker is meant to be a per process virtualizer. Although it can be used as a virtual machine, it's discouraged.
I have lots of positive experiences using OpenVZ but it looks like in the more recent versions, it became a full blown Linux distribution and you cannot install just OpenVZ without it's Linux distribution. Also - OpenVZ always required it's own modified Linux kernel to work which sometimes can be a blocker.
LXC is an alternative to OpenVZ which also has been around for a while - it doesn't need a custom kernel, so I figured I would give it a try.
1. Install LXC:
yum -y install epel-release
yum -y install lxc lxc-templates lxc-extra libvirt
2. Enable the libvirtd service:
systemctl enable libvirtd
3. Start the libvirtd service:
systemctl start libvirtd
4. Enable the LXC service:
systemctl enable lxc
5. Start LXC:
systemctl start lxc
6. List the available operating system templates:
ls -alh /usr/share/lxc/templates/
7. Create an Alpine Linux container:
lxc-create --name first --template alpine
8. Check that your container has been created:
NAME STATE IPV4 IPV6 AUTOSTART
first STOPPED - - NO
9. Try to start the container:
lxc-start --name first --daemon
If you get this error:
lxc-start: conf.c: instantiate_veth: 3097 failed to attach 'veth1OBU0W' to the bridge 'virbr0': No such device
lxc-start: conf.c: lxc_create_network: 3389 failed to create netdev
lxc-start: start.c: lxc_spawn: 875 failed to create the network
lxc-start: start.c: __lxc_start: 1149 failed to spawn 'first'
lxc-start: lxc_start.c: main: 341 The container failed to start.
lxc-start: lxc_start.c: main: 345 Additional information can be obtained by setting the --logfile and --logpriority options.
I found the solution here: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/179868 - it means that you probably did not install libvirtd.
10. Try to connect to the container:
lxc-console --name first
11. Once you connect use "root" for your username - no password is set
12. Setup your network so you can download packages:
ifconfig eth0 192.168.122.2 netmask 255.255.255.0
route add default gw 192.168.122.1
13. Test to see that it worked by pinging www.google.com:
PING www.google.com (126.96.36.199): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: seq=0 ttl=57 time=2.987 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: seq=1 ttl=57 time=3.171 ms
14. Update the package lists and install dhclient:
apk add dhclient
15. Get a DHCP address by using dhclient:
16. Check what IP address you got using ifconfig:
first:~# ifconfig eth0
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr FE:DD:58:EA:E9:77
inet addr:192.168.122.95 Bcast:192.168.122.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::fcdd:58ff:feea:e977/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:88 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:20 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:5517 (5.3 KiB) TX bytes:1865 (1.8 KiB)
17. How is this possible you might ask? We did not do any network configuration on the host. This is possible because the host (libvirtd) automatically started dnsmasq as a dhcp server. Let's take a look by using `virsh net-list` on the host:
[root@centos7lxc dnsmasq.d]# virsh net-list
Name State Autostart Persistent
default active yes yes
As you can see there's one network called 'default' which is in an 'active' state and set to automatically start.
18. Let's get some more info on this network by using `virsh net-info default`:
[root@centos7lxc dnsmasq.d]# virsh net-info default
In the above you can also see that the 'default' network is using a virtual bridge called 'virbr0'.
19. Finally you can see that dnsmasq is indeed running:
ps fauxwww | grep -i dnsmasq
root 11578 0.0 0.0 112648 936 pts/6 S+ 10:45 0:00 \_ grep --color=auto -i dnsmasq
nobody 9373 0.0 0.0 15544 832 ? S 10:15 0:00 /sbin/dnsmasq --conf-file=/var/lib/libvirt/dnsmasq/default.conf --leasefile-ro --dhcp-script=/usr/libexec/libvirt_leaseshelper
root 9374 0.0 0.0 15516 296 ? S 10:15 0:00 \_ /sbin/dnsmasq --conf-file=/var/lib/libvirt/dnsmasq/default.conf --leasefile-ro --dhcp-script=/usr/libexec/libvirt_leaseshelper
20. Don't like the default IPs that virsh is using? change them:
virsh net-edit default
In the next post, I'll take a look at how we can set limits for disk space used by a container, memory and CPU.
- Tecmint.com - How to Install, Create and Manage LXC (Linux Containers) in RHEL/CentOS 7
- Github - LXC Templates
- StackExchange - lxc - “failed to attach 'veth87VSIJ' to the bridge 'virbr0': No such device”
- ServerFault - How to disconnect from lxc-console
- StackExchange - How to set the Default gateway
- ServerFault - How can I create an LXC container in a custom directory