Practical use of LXC in Arch Linux in March of 2013

I’m writing this for myself in hopes that it benefits somebody else. The guides that I’ve found on LXC have been either unholy scatterbrained or just out of date.

Starting from scratch.

If you’re fairly new to arch as I am, keep in mind that if you hit your head on anything especially involving networking, reboot your system.  You may have had a system upgrade and had not yet rebooted.

Do not expect to understand LXC before you’ve thoroughly read this man page. . It’s short.

Get the stuff you need


pacman -Syy lxc bridge-utils

Set up your bridge


Edit /etc/network.d/bridge as



Now issue these commands

systemctl disable dhcpcd@eth0 # For boot time
systemctl stop dhcpcd@eth0  # For right now
systemctl enable netcfg@br0 # for boot time
systemctl start netcfg@br0 # for right now
systemctl enable dhcpcd@br0 # for boot time
systemctl start dhcpcd@br0 # for right now

For whatever reason this ^ isn’t working on startup for me.  I’ll revisit this.

Install a Debian Container

Get debootstrap

Get Yaourt


You need yaourt to install debootstrap


Follow the steps in this section here:


debootstrap lets you install a fresh debian system to a directory


yaourt -S debootstrap

Fix the create script

The create script doesn’t work.  Edit /usr/share/lxc/templates/lxc-debian to change



arch=’amd64′  # or whatever your architecture may be.

Now make it.

lxc-create -t debian -n mysupercoolcontainer

Wait! Stuff is still broke!

You can’t start your container until you weirdly remount your /, (per these comments

mount / –make-rprivate # Don’t sue me, I haven’t researched what this is, it might break everything.

Now start your container

lxc-start -n mysupercoolcontainer -d # -d makes it run as a daemon instead of forcing a console on your terminal.

Get in there

lxc-console -n mysupercoolcontainer # You’re in, you know what to do.



About andyortlieb

I've been a tinkerer and a lazy ideologist since I gained my first personal computer in 1989. I have an aversion to formal education and I prefer to learn things by experimentation. That is not a brag, it has not been a particularly helpful set of traits. My primary goals are to increase my safety, pleasure and usefulness as I work to build and modify technologies that will bring those same attributes to the masses irrespective of government. This is the documentation of my attempt at that journey.
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