[Lxc-users] Alternative to Debian Testing? No Prompt upon lxc-console execution

Bekir Dogan bekirdo at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 11:56:48 UTC 2012

You must have:
* "lxc.tty = ... " in your lxc config file (possibly in
* console in your continer rootfs: (possibly in
You can create this by something like this
# cd /var/lib/lxc/containername/rootfs/
# mknod -m 666 /dev/tty1 c 4 1
# mknod -m 666 /dev/tty2 c 4 2

I assume you are using debian testing (wheezy), if you create new
containers like this command:
# sudo lxc-create -t debian -n containername

It asks you some questions and handles many conditions, like this one,


On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 03:12, Terry--gmail <terry.kemmerer at gmail.com> wrote:
> My problem is, I need squeeze in my containers and if anyone knows of a path
> for doing this that has
> some good instructions, I'd really appreciate knowing where that is.
> This is my first query to the mail list and if I am not suppose to ask a
> Debian Testing question,
> please let me know...
> So far, the only way I have found that offers squeeze, is using Debian
> Testing, which appears to work
> just fine, and I can ping the container both from my host and my LAN,
> but...when I try to enter the
> container via lxc-console, it doesn't take me to the container's prompt
> command line....the situation
> looks to me like probably a simple programming syntax error of some kind.
> Below is what happens...
> root at server:/# lxc-start -n vm101 -d
> root at server:/# lxc-info -n vm101
> state:   RUNNING
> pid:      7103
> root at server:/# lxc-console -n vm101
> Type <Ctrl+a q> to exit the console
>     <<----- There is no Prompt here, and all that is visible is the above
> instruction...and I can type stuff.
>                 However, by pressing <Ctrl+a q> I am immediately returned to
> my host prompt, like so...
> root at server:/#
> root at server:/# lxc-info -n vm101
> state:   RUNNING
> pid:      7103
> root at server:/#
> I tried nano /usr/bin/lxc-console hoping to be able to find the offending
> program line as I speculate it is near or at the echoed instruction, but
> opening the program I think I am seeing binary characters in the file.  I
> was wondering (wishful hoping) if there are any potential commands I might
> use to just break past the point that hangs after I give the lxc-console
> command and get a prompt that belongs to the container? Or some other route
> to obtaining squeeze...
> Thanks for your thoughts!
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