[lxc-users] LXD Based Container For Desktop Applications - Some Success - Help

rob e redgerhoo at yahoo.com.au
Fri Jul 22 09:45:10 UTC 2016

On 22/07/16 18:31, Fajar A. Nugraha wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 4:33 AM, rob e <redgerhoo at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>> thanks Brian,
>> yes, I have about 4 of those running - unprivileged :) And I've had a go
>> with TigerVNC (which supports 3d capabilities currently lacking in X2Go).
>> I can run current versions of KDE and Unity on Xephyr, which I currently
>> cannot with X2Go
> 3d support is kinda weird with virtual displays. At least so in xrdp:
> - xrdp is supposed to support remotefx which 'allows the end user to
> work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch videos and
> run 3-D applications with performance that is close to a native
> desktop experience' when enabled and configured correctly (i.e. you
> have certain libraries, and enable certain configure switches). IIRC
> there was a compile error last time I tried enabling it (long time
> ago, memory kinda hazy)
> - the default vnc display supports 3d (at least glxgears run), but
> does not support text copy-paste
> - x11rdp support text copy-paste, but does not support 3d
> - xrdp's xorg module supports 3d and text copy-paste, but somehow
> breaks autologin (when user/password saved by windows)
> I wonder if your tigervnc solution properly support text copy-paste
> between local and remote desktop.
>> But for this use case, I want desktop integration from an unprivileged
>> container. I have achieved it with LXC on Ubuntu 16.04... but was hoping to
>> be able to use LXD. It feels like I'm so close ... just missing something,
>> probably quite trivial once you know how ... I wish i knew how
> IIRC you can NOT have custom uid mappings in lxd. It's either
> privileged, or use-the-same-unprivileged-mapping-for-all-containers.
> The workaround would PROBABLY be (untested) to have an unpriv user in
> the CONTAINER (e.g. uid 100 in the container, which translates to uid
> 100100 in the host), then manually create a user with uid 100100 in
> the HOST (e.g "unpriv_user"), grant the necessary privilege to it
> (i.e. make it so that the user can login to the host, start GUI
> including pulseaudio, and so on), and redo your setup. So you can skip
> the specific-user-mapping step.
thanks Fajar,
TigerVNC works with Xenial's standard version of KDE (Plasma 5) whereas 
X2Go will not. I use KRDC on the host to access TigerVNC running on the 
container and it works nicely. And Tigervnc supports copy and paste (I 
just checked it).

I do have user mappings on LXD, that's how I run myth backend in a 
container, accessing a mount from the host. See this post


Use the code on that page to create a new profile. Then create a 
container with the profile eg. "lxc init <container-name> -p <your-id> 
-p default". I had a little trouble where profiles could become 
"disconnected" from the container so I now edit the container config to 
reflect the profile entries (which is why I use "init" rather than 
"launch"). And I don't map my home directory into the container, map 
other mounts instead.

This is working very well for me.

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