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       lxc-start - run an application inside a container.


       lxc-start -n name [-f config_file] [-c console_file] [-d] [-s KEY=VAL] [-C] [command]


       lxc-start 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.

       The orphan process group and daemon are not supported by this command, use the lxc-execute
       command instead.

       If no command is specified, lxc-start will use the default "/sbin/init" command to  run  a
       system container.


          -d, --daemon
              Run the container as a daemon. As the container has no more tty, if an error occurs
              nothing will be displayed, the log file can be used to check the error.

          -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).

          -c, --console console_file
              Specify a file to output the container console. If the option is not specified  the
              output will go the terminal except if the -d is specified.

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

          -C, --close-all-fds
              If any file  descriptors  are  inherited,  close  them.   If  this  option  is  not
              specified,  then  lxc-start  will exit with failure instead. Note: --daemon implies


       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-START(1)