Linux Containers: How to create Containers
LXC (Linux containers) is an open source Operating system level virtualization method which works same as docker and provides containers as an instance of an image which controls over same host kernel.. So in this post we would see how to create Containers
Linux kernel provides cgroups function that provides us a power to work on proper control on the resource in terms of limitation and prioritization without sharing a resource with hypervisor layer and starting new virtual machines. So this providing a complete isolation only for an application, there is no other thing than an application on the same Host. But as we have complete isolated setup we can transfer and share an application with its minimum size and dependencies.
So with this method, we have complete virtual machine instance with its own process and network space as compared to complete virtual machine it’s quite resourcing efficient.
Same kind of concept comes with Docker as well, earlier Docker also used lxc as execution driver. But now they have their own drivers and working alone.
Today, we going to work on Linux containers (LXC), which is also good options for a virtual machine, where you can publish your applications and transfer them in very light and easy way as compared to Virtual Machines.
let’s start it, As compared to Docker, Linux containers don’t have any hub to download and publish their images. They are using some template scripts located /usr/share/lxc/templates, which sometimes I think a better option as compared to Docker hub.
When we try to create any container, it makes its image on spot with help of those script under directory /var/cache/lxc and further launch its container under /var/lib/lxc directory. So let’s start how things work in Linux containers.
installation of Containers
Linux containers in CentOS6. For this setup, we are using CentOS6.9
[root@srv3 ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 6.9 (Final)
LXC packages are already included in CentOS repositories.
#yum install lxc* libvirt
I always recommend installing packages of lxc. Although lxc and lxc-template is important for functions. Libvirt is also another essential package for LXC function.
Now start lxc and libvirt service on your host.
[root@srv3 ~]# /etc/init.d/lxc restart Stopping LXC containers: [ OK ] Starting LXC autoboot containers: [ OK ] [root@srv3 ~]# lxc-checkconfig Kernel configuration not found at /proc/config.gz; searching... Kernel configuration found at /boot/config-2.6.32-696.6.3.el6.x86_64 --- Namespaces --- Namespaces: enabled Utsname namespace: enabled Ipc namespace: enabled Pid namespace: enabled User namespace: enabled Network namespace: enabled Multiple /dev/pts instances: enabled --- Control groups --- Cgroup: enabled Cgroup namespace: enabled Cgroup device: enabled Cgroup sched: enabled Cgroup cpu account: enabled Cgroup memory controller: /usr/bin/lxc-checkconfig: line 114: [: -ge: unary operator expected /usr/bin/lxc-checkconfig: line 114: [: -gt: unary operator expected enabled Cgroup cpuset: enabled --- Misc --- Veth pair device: enabled Macvlan: enabled Vlan: enabled Bridges: enabled Advanced netfilter: enabled CONFIG_NF_NAT_IPV4: missing CONFIG_NF_NAT_IPV6: missing CONFIG_IP_NF_TARGET_MASQUERADE: enabled CONFIG_IP6_NF_TARGET_MASQUERADE: missing CONFIG_NETFILTER_XT_TARGET_CHECKSUM: enabled --- Checkpoint/Restore --- checkpoint restore: missing CONFIG_FHANDLE: missing CONFIG_EVENTFD: enabled CONFIG_EPOLL: enabled CONFIG_UNIX_DIAG: missing CONFIG_INET_DIAG: enabled CONFIG_PACKET_DIAG: missing CONFIG_NETLINK_DIAG: missing File capabilities: /usr/bin/lxc-checkconfig: line 148: [: -gt: unary operator expected Note : Before booting a new kernel, you can check its configuration usage : CONFIG=/path/to/config /usr/bin/lxc-checkconfig
You can’t start any Linux container without libvirt service. it good to start libvirt before creating and Linux Container.
# /etc/init.d/libvirtd start # chkconfig libvirtd on
Creation of Linux Containers
#lxc-create -n centos -t centos #lxc-info --name centos Name: centos State: STOPPED #lxc-start -d --name centos #This will start Container in background #lxc-info --name centos #Container information Name: centos State: RUNNING PID: 19413 CPU use: 0.29 seconds BlkIO use: 0 bytes Memory use: 2.75 MiB Link: vethD6VM1K TX bytes: 510 bytes RX bytes: 94 bytes Total bytes: 604 bytes #lxc-console --name centos #Container console
It will show login screen, Here you can login. For me sometimes password didn’t work which is stored in “/var/lib/lxc/Centos/tmp_root_pass” if same happened with you, change it to with below command
#chroot /var/lib/lxc/Centos/rootfs passwd Changing password for user root. New password: Retype new password: passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
You will get below kind of output of centos container.
#lxc-console --name centos Connected to tty 1 Type
to exit the console, to enter Ctrl+a itself CentOS release 6.9 (Final) Kernel 2.6.32-696.1.1.el6.x86_64 on an x86_64 centos login: root Password: Last login: Tue Jul 18 11:04:53 on lxc/tty1 [root@centos ~]#
For exit from console press ctl+a q.