Adding tun device via lxc config interferes with os network interface tun for openvpn

the container fails to start due to trying to set devices.allow to c 10:200 rwm during boot but that option is not defined in the config.

i manually edited the container config raw.lxc to include those options previously but then deleted the container and then recreated it without the option.

is it possible the raw.lxc config somehow did not get deleted even though it does not appear in the lxc config show output below ?

lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.450 WARN     conf - conf.c:lxc_setup_devpts:1616 - Invalid argument - Failed to unmount old devpts instance
lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.451 WARN     cgfsng - cgroups/cgfsng.c:get_hierarchy:204 - There is no useable devices controller
lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.451 ERROR    cgfsng - cgroups/cgfsng.c:cg_legacy_set_data:2191 - Failed to setup limits for the "devices" controller. The controller seems to be unused by "cgfsng" cgroup driver or not enabled on the cgroup hierarchy
lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.451 WARN     cgfsng - cgroups/cgfsng.c:__cg_legacy_setup_limits:2228 - Failed to set "devices.allow" to "c 10:200 rwm"
lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.451 ERROR    start - start.c:lxc_spawn:1814 - Failed to setup legacy device cgroup controller limits
lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.451 WARN     network - network.c:lxc_delete_network_priv:2561 - Failed to rename interface with index 1

here is the config for the container that is trying to set the devices.allow

$ lxc config show vv-lxd-openvpn 
architecture: x86_64
  image.architecture: amd64
  image.description: ubuntu 16.04 LTS amd64 (release) (20200610)
  image.label: release
  image.os: ubuntu
  image.release: xenial
  image.serial: "20200610"
  image.type: squashfs
  image.version: "16.04"
  volatile.base_image: 41945f2d6c1412484e20be9e7fd57a2ea780c02caab4e0db45aae50af8cd14f4
  volatile.eth0.hwaddr: 00:16:3e:3e:c1:50 eth0
  volatile.idmap.base: "0"
  volatile.idmap.current: '[{"Isuid":true,"Isgid":false,"Hostid":100000,"Nsid":0,"Maprange":65536},{"Isuid":false,"Isgid":true,"Hostid":100000,"Nsid":0,"Maprange":65536}]' '[{"Isuid":true,"Isgid":false,"Hostid":100000,"Nsid":0,"Maprange":65536},{"Isuid":false,"Isgid":true,"Hostid":100000,"Nsid":0,"Maprange":65536}]'
  volatile.last_state.idmap: '[{"Isuid":true,"Isgid":false,"Hostid":100000,"Nsid":0,"Maprange":65536},{"Isuid":false,"Isgid":true,"Hostid":100000,"Nsid":0,"Maprange":65536}]'
  volatile.last_state.power: STOPPED
    connect: tcp:
    listen: tcp:
    type: proxy
    path: /dev/net/tun
    type: unix-char
ephemeral: false
- default
stateful: false
description: ""

this is the profile the container utilizes:

$ lxc profile show default
  raw.lxc: lxc.apparmor.profile=unconfined
description: Default LXD profile
    nictype: bridged
    parent: vv_lxd_br0
    type: nic
    path: /
    pool: vv-lxd-local-storage
    type: disk
name: default
- /1.0/instances/vv-lxd-openvpn
- /1.0/instances/us-numbersro-char
- /1.0/instances/us-numbersro-login
- /1.0/instances/us-numbersro-map
- /1.0/instances/us-numbersro-mariadb

the issue was not the config being preserved after container deletion.

the log message of importance is:

lxc vv-lxd-openvpn 20200708170638.451 WARN     network - network.c:lxc_delete_network_priv:2561 - Failed to rename interface with index 1

having created a tun device via lxc config add causes conflicts with the tun created by openvpn install script on the container/os level:

/lxc config device add {{vv_lxd_openvpn_container_name}} tun unix-char path={{openvpn_tun_dev_path}}

the lxc device config add used to be necessary for openvpn in lxd 3.0 but is no longer necessary in lxd 4.x and now causes the container to crash on reboot, i think due to conflicting lxc device tun and the os/kernel level tun in the same namespace/container.

    path: /dev/net/tun
    type: unix-char

i think the important take away from this is that the WARN message of not being able to rename the interface should be an ERROR or ie FATAL . from my limited experience of lxd this warning message will always cause the container to crash and abort during startup.

hope this helps others :drooling_face: happy lxd’ing

fyi: @stgraber