Thanks Fajar, 

I'm more interested in if I'm right or wrong and why that's the case. 

Incremental snapshot support is in LXD 3.0 but I'm asking in relation to LXC, 
not LXD. And I'm really looking to clear up my (mis)understanding. 


From: "Fajar A. Nugraha" <> 
To: "lxc-users" <> 
Sent: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 1:17:07 PM 
Subject: Re: [lxc-users] LXC copy snapshots only to remote? 

On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 12:03 AM, Lai Wei-Hwa < [ | ] > wrote: 

Hi Everyone, 

I'm probably not fully grasping how LXC containers/snapshotting works, but why 
isn't the following possible? 

Host    Container 

        C1 (fresh Ubuntu) 
        SA (added apache) 
        SB (removed apache and added nginx) 
        SC (hardened nginx config) 
        Host dies 

        C2 (created from C1 Snapshot B) 
        SC (with hardened nginx config) 

On Tuesday, I snapshot C1 (creating SB) and stop the container. I then jump on 
a new host (H2) and copy snapshot B: 


H2$ lxc copy H1:C1/SB C2 

At this point, my C2 is equivalent to C1 + SA + SB. Thus, I believe that C1 + 
SA + SB = C2 

On Wednesday, I take Snapshot C on H1. 

I believe that on Wednesday, after taking SC, I should be able to copy SC alone 
to H2. And then on Thursday, when H1 dies, I should be able to go to H2 and 
launch SC (C2 + SC) and have the same container I had on H! when I first took 
Snapshot C. 

If I'm wrong, why am I wrong? If I'm right, how do I copy SC by itself (and not 
the whole container) to H2 on Wednesday? 


I'm pretty sure lxc doesn't do incremental snapshots. 

To get what you want, you need to manage the storage snapshots (and incremental 
send) yourself. For example, if using zfs, you can use sanoid + syncoid. 


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