8.4 Creating Additional Containers

To clone an existing container, use the lxc-clone command, as shown in this example:

[root@host ~]# lxc-clone -o ol6ctr1 -n ol6ctr2

Alternatively, you can use the lxc-create command to create a container by copying the root file system from an existing system, container, or Oracle VM template. Specify the path of the root file system as the argument to the --templatefs template option:

[root@host ~]# lxc-create -n ol6ctr3 -B btrfs -t oracle -- --templatefs=/container/ol6ctr1/rootfs_snap

This example copies the new container's rootfs from a snapshot of the rootfs that belongs to container ol6ctr1. The additional container is created in /container/ol6ctr3 and a new rootfs snapshot is created in /container/ol6ctr3/rootfs.


For LXC version 1.0 and later, you must specify the -B btrfs option if you want to use the snapshot features of btrfs. For more information, see the lxc-create(1) manual page.

To change the host name of the container, edit the HOSTNAME settings in /container/name/rootfs/etc/sysconfig/network and /container/name/rootfs/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-iface, where iface is the name of the network interface, such as eth0.