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       autopkgtest-virt-lxc - autopkgtest virtualisation server using LXC


       autopkgtest [...] -- lxc [options] lxc-container [-- extra lxc-start args...]


       autopkgtest-virt-lxc  provides  an  autopkgtest virtualisation server using LXC. It adapts
       the raw functionality provided by the lxc-* tools for use by autopkgtest.

       Normally autopkgtest-virt-lxc will be invoked by autopkgtest.

       You can conveniently  create  a  suitable  container  using  the  autopkgtest-build-lxc(1)


       autopkgtest-virt-lxc  assumes  that  you have already prepared a suitable Debian based LXC
       container.  See lxc-create(1) for how to create containers, and particularly  autopkgtest-
       build-lxc(1) for conveniently creating standard autopkgtest containers.


       -e | --ephemeral
              This  option  makes  use  of  lxc-start-ephemeral  to  create  temporary  container
              overlays, instead of the default behaviour of cloning your containers.

              This can be used to dramatically improve performance, although you may  see  issues
              due to the overlayfs filesystem as used by lxc-start-ephemeral not being completely
              transparent (e. g. seen with tar failing when  running  LXC  within  Qemu).  Before
              using this option in automation you should ensure that tests that involve large I/O
              work as expected.

              Note that ephemeral containers do not support rebooting with  LXC  1.x.  This  does
              work with LXC >= 2.x.

       -s | --sudo
              Run  lxc-*  commands through sudo; use this option if you run autopkgtest as normal
              user, but need to run the container itself as root (if you  use  LXC  system  level

        --name NAME
              Set  a  custom  name  for the temporary container in which to run the test. This is
              autogenerated by default  (autopkgtest-lxc-XXXXXX),  but  if  you  have  a  way  to
              generate  more  expressive  unique  names you can use that to make it easier to map
              containers to running tests.

        --disk-limit SIZE
              Limits the amount of disk space that the test container is allowed to use  for  its
              root  filesystem.  When this option is used, then the test container will be backed
              by a loop device of the given SIZE, and it won't be possible for the  container  to
              consume all of the disk space in the host machine.

       -d | --debug
              Enables debugging output.

       You  can  pass additional options to LXC: Anything after a -- gets passed verbatim to lxc-


       The  behaviour  of  autopkgtest-virt-lxc  is  as   described   by   the   AutomatedTesting
       virtualisation regime specification.


       autopkgtest does not run apt-get update at the start of a package build, which can cause a
       build failure if you are using a development release template. You will need to  run  apt-
       get update in the template yourself (e. g. using --setup-commands).


       Create  a  suitable  debootstrap-based  container  for Debian or Ubuntu template, e.  g. a
       Debian sid one (will be named autopkgtest-sid):

              autopkgtest-build-lxc debian sid

       Or an Ubuntu one based on the cloud images (faster than  autopkgtest-build-lxc's  "ubuntu"
       template with debootstrap, but much bigger):

              lxc-create -t ubuntu-cloud -n autopkgtest-trusty -- -r trusty -d daily

       Run  tests  against  hello_2.8-4.dsc, using the LXC container autopkgtest-sid, and with an
       ephemeral overlay for speed:

              autopkgtest hello_2.8-4.dsc -- lxc -e autopkgtest-sid


       autopkgtest(1), autopkgtest-build-lxc(1), lxc-create(1), /usr/share/doc/autopkgtest/.


       autopkgtest-virt-lxc was written by Robie  Basak  <>  and  Martin
       Pitt <>.

       This  manpage  is  part  of  autopkgtest,  a  tool  for  testing  Debian  binary packages.
       autopkgtest is Copyright (C) 2006-2013 Canonical Ltd and others.

       See /usr/share/doc/autopkgtest/CREDITS for the  list  of  contributors  and  full  copying