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       lxc-execute - run an application inside a container.


       lxc-execute -n name [-f config_file] [-s KEY=VAL ] [--] command


       lxc-execute runs the specified command inside the container specified by name.

       It  will  setup  the  container according to the configuration previously defined with the
       lxc-create command or with the configuration  file  parameter.   If  no  configuration  is
       defined, the default isolation is used.

       This  command is mainly used when you want to quickly launch an application in an isolated

       lxc-execute command will run the specified command into the container via an  intermediate
       process,  lxc-init.   This  lxc-init after launching  the specified command, will wait for
       its end and all other reparented processes.   (that  allows  to  support  daemons  in  the
       container).   In  other  words,  in  the  container,  lxc-init has the pid 1 and the first
       process of the application has the pid 2.

       The above lxc-init is designed to forward received signals to  the  started  command.   So
       lxc-kill  (1)  sent  signal  is  received  by  the  user  specified  command (pid 2 in the


          -f, --rcfile config_file
              Specify the configuration  file  to  configure  the  virtualization  and  isolation
              functionalities for the container.

              This  configuration  file  if  present  will  be  used  even  if there is already a
              configuration file present in the previously created container (via lxc-create).

          -s, --define KEY=VAL
              Assign value VAL to configuration variable KEY. This overrides any assignment  done
              in config_file.

       --     Signal  the  end  of  options and disables further option processing. Any arguments
              after the -- are treated as arguments.

              This option is useful when you want to execute, with  the  command  lxc-execute,  a
              command line with its own options.


       These options are common to most of lxc commands.

       -?, -h, --help
              Print a longer usage message than normal.

              Give the usage message

       -q, --quiet
              mute on

       -o, --logfile=FILE
              Output to an alternate log FILE. The default is no log.

       -l, --logpriority=LEVEL
              Set log priority to LEVEL. The default log priority is ERROR. Possible values are :

              Note that this option is setting the priority of the events log  in  the  alternate
              log file. It do not have effect on the ERROR events log on stderr.

       -n, --name=NAME
              Use  container identifier NAME.  The container identifier format is an alphanumeric


       The container is busy
              The specified container is already running  an  application.  You  should  stop  it
              before reuse this container or create a new one.


       lxc(1),  lxc-create(1),  lxc-destroy(1),  lxc-start(1),  lxc-stop(1), lxc-execute(1), lxc-
       kill(1), lxc-console(1), lxc-monitor(1), lxc-wait(1), lxc-cgroup(1), lxc-ls(1), lxc-ps(1),
       lxc-info(1), lxc-freeze(1), lxc-unfreeze(1), lxc.conf(5)


       Daniel Lezcano <>

                                          16 April 2012                            LXC-EXECUTE(1)