What are we doing?
- Renaming containers in LXD
Because OCD means we like functional naming conventions.
I had an issue recently whereby I wanted to build a container to mirror an out of date, running container, delete the old container then have the new one take its place. The issue came when I tried to rename the new container to match previously used conventions.
LXD documentation shows that container renaming has been possible for a long time and has had numerous bugs fixed for well over a year at the time of writing- but no instruction on how to do so. I also found some very complicated, though ultimately useless, guides floating around online.
As it turns out, it’s very simple.
To clone a container, keeping the existing one
lxc copy <source container> <destination container>
Or, to rename a container
lxc move <old name> <new name>