Meta tarball is missing the configuration file

Whenever I try to install a new container with lxc-create --name test-2023-07-08 -t download I get the following output regardless of which distribution+release+architecture I choose:

Downloading the image index
Downloading the rootfs
Downloading the metadata
The image cache is now ready
Unpacking the rootfs
ERROR: meta tarball is missing the configuration file
lxc-create: test-2023-07-08: lxccontainer.c: create_run_template: 1616 Failed to create container from template
lxc-create: test-2023-07-08: tools/lxc_create.c: main: 319 Failed to create container test-2023-07-08

I have previously installed container on that host, but it’s been a while and I’m far from aware when it broke or what I did that caused this.

What is wrong and how can I fix this?