Weekly status #119

Weekly status for the week of the 7th October to the 13th of October.


This past week the focus has been on moving parts of LXD into their own Go packages so that they can be accessible from both the existing container implementation and the future virtual machine instance type. The storage layer is also being reworked to support VMs.

LXD now supports creating storage pools on a Ceph erasure encoded pool. This is achieved using the new config parameter ceph.osd.data_pool_name. Also Ceph related, container restoration when using projects with Ceph now works.

Support for compressing container backup exports was added to LXD. You are now able to specify the compression algorithm that will be used to compress the exported backup with the --compression flag. Also backup related, a bug was fixed related to backup expiry not working.

Several other reliability improvements have been made relating to storage I/O limits, cluster database upgrades and IP filtering when launching containers concurrently.

On the LXC side, several documentation improvements have been added.

LXCFS has seen an improvement to the way CPUs are counted when using CPU sets in LXC.

Distrobuilder has also seen several documentation additions this week and Centos 8 and Linux Mint images are now available from our image server.

Contribute to LXD

Ever wanted to contribute to LXD but not sure where to start?
We’ve recently gone through some effort to properly tag issues suitable for new contributors on Github: https://github.com/lxc/lxd/labels/Easy

You can also find a slightly longer, more detailed list here: LXD Contribution

FOSDEM 2020 - containers devroom

We will once again be running the containers devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM conference in Brussels, Belgium. This year it’s going to be over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of February.

The detailed call for papers can be found here: FOSDEM 2020 containers devroom: Call for papers

Upcoming events

Ongoing projects

The list below is feature or refactoring work which will span several weeks/months and can’t be tied directly to a single Github issue or pull request.

  • Virtual machine support
  • Rework of internal LXD storage handling
  • Distrobuilder 1.0 release
  • Various kernel work
  • Stable release work for LXC, LXCFS and LXD

Upstream changes

The items listed below are highlights of the work which happened upstream over the past week and which will be included in the next release.





Distribution work

This section is used to track the work done in downstream Linux distributions to ship the latest LXC, LXD and LXCFS as well as work to get various software to work properly inside containers.


  • LXC 3.0.4 is now included in the Ubuntu 19.10 archive.


  • Cherry-picked upstream LXD fixes
  • Added snap version in startup message
  • Re-ordered path creation during startup
  • Setup mount propagation logic on startup to workaround zfs issues
  • Improved error messages during early startup failures
  • Added support for custom vimrc to built-in vim
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