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announcing lxc-snapshot

In April, lxc-clone gained the ability to create overlayfs snapshot clones of directory backed containers. In may, I wrote a little lxc-snap program based on that which introduced simple ‘snapshots’ to enable simple incremental development of container images. But a … Continue reading

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libvirt defaults (and openvswitch bridge performance)

The libvirt-bin package in Ubuntu installs a default NATed virtual network, virbr0. This isn’t always the best choice for everyone, however it “just works” everywhere. It also provides some simple protection – the VMs aren’t exposed on the network for … Continue reading

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Creating and using containers – without privilege

Today I posted a (working but mainly POC) patchset against lxc which allows me to create and start ubuntu-cloud containers – completely as an unprivileged user. For more details see the introductory email to the patchset at http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_name=1374246151-7069-9-git-send-email-serge.hallyn%40ubuntu.com&forum_name=lxc-devel Glossing over … Continue reading

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Introducing lxc-snap

lxc-snap: lxc container snapshot management tool BACKGROUND Lxc supports containers backed by overlayfs snapshots. The way this is typically done is to create a container backed by a regular directory, then create a new container which mounts the first container’s … Continue reading

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LXC – improved clone support

Recently I took some time to work on implementing container clones through the lxc API. lxc-clone previously existed as a shell script which could create snapshot clones of lvm and btrfs containers. There were several shortcomings to this: 1. clone … Continue reading

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Qemu updates in raring

The raring feature freeze took effect last week. What’s been happening with qemu in the meantime? A lot! I’ll touch on the following main changes in this post: package reorg, spice support, hugepages, uefi, and rbd support. * package reorg … Continue reading

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Experimenting with user namespaces

User namespaces are a really neat feature, but there are some subtleties involved which can make them perplexing to first play with. Here I’m going to show a few things you can do with them, with an eye to explaining … Continue reading

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User Namespaces LXC meeting

Last week we held an irc meeting to talk about user namespaces as they relate to lxc containers. The IRC log is posted at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LxcUsernsIrcChat . I had two goals for this meeting. The first was to make sure that … Continue reading

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Call for testing: new qemu packages for raring

tl;dr If you use qemu, kvm, or qemu-user in raring, please test the candidate packages in ppa:serge-hallyn/crossc. Background The qemu and kvm projects historically had somewhat different code bases with some different features and advantages. For years they have been … Continue reading

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deploying multiple (connected) lxc compute nodes – with juju

This post got delayed a bit due to a few unexpected complications. First, it turns out that you cannot connect GRE tunnels in Amazon’s EC2 over the instances’ private addresses. You must use the public addresses. Second, quantal removed the … Continue reading

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