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container-tools - Manage systemd-nspawn containers

CONTAINER-TOOLS(7) Open Infrastructure CONTAINER-TOOLS(7)

NAME

container-tools - Manage systemd-nspawn containers

DESCRIPTION

"[A Linux container] is an operating-system-level virtualization environment for running multiple isolated Linux systems (containers) on a single Linux control host."

— Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXC)
 
container-tools provides the system integration for managing containers using systemd-nspawn.

DOWNLOAD

•Upstream Releases: https://files.open-infrastructure.net/software/container-tools/upstream
 
•Upstream Sources: https://sources.open-infrastructure.net/software/container-tools
 
•Debian Releases: https://files.open-infrastructure.net/software/container-tools/debian
 
•Debian Sources: https://sources.progress-linux.org/users/daniel/debian/packages/open-infrastructure-container-tools

INSTALLATION

SOURCE

1.sudo apt install asciidoc git docbook-xml docbook-xsl libxml2-utils make xsltproc dbus systemd-container
 
2.git clone https://sources.open-infrastructure.net/software/container-tools
 
3.cd container-tools && sudo make install

DEBIAN 9 (STRETCH) AND NEWER

•sudo apt install container-tools

DEVELOPMENT

Bug reports, feature requests, help, patches, support and everything else are welcome on the Open Infrastructure Software Mailing List:
 
•https://lists.open-infrastructure.net/listinfo/software
 
Please base patches against the next Git branch using common sense:
 
•https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/SubmittingPatches
 
Debian specific bugs can also be reported in the Debian Bug Tracking System:
 
•https://bugs.debian.org

KNOWN LIMITATIONS

•This version of container-tools currently do not work with systemd-networkd and depend on ifupdown.
 
•Using overlay, the upper directory can not be an NFS mount due to limitations in Linux' overlay filesystem, see https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/Documentation/filesystems/overlayfs.txt

USAGE

Create a new container:
sudo container create -n NAME
Start a container:
sudo container start -n NAME
Stop a container:
sudo container stop -n NAME
Remove a container:
sudo container remove -n NAME
List container on the system:
sudo container list
Show container-tools version:
container version
 
See container(1) for a list of all container commands. 2016-02-24: Systemd vs. Docker
https://lwn.net/Articles/676831/
2015-06-10: Systemd and containers
https://lwn.net/Articles/647634/
2014-07-07: Control groups
https://lwn.net/Articles/604609/
2013-11-13: Systemd-Nspawn is Chroot on Steroids [LinuxCon Europe]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7LlUs5D9p4
2013-11-03: Creating containers with systemd-nspawn
https://lwn.net/Articles/572957/
2013-02-06: Systemd lightweight containers
https://lwn.net/Articles/536033/
2013-01-04: Namespaces in operation
https://lwn.net/Articles/531114/

AUTHORS

•Daniel Baumann <daniel.baumann@open-infrastructure.net>
20171101 container-tools