Weekly status #315

Weekly status for the week of 4th September to 10th September.


The past week, LXD added two new API endpoints. The first is /documentation/ which, if LXD is exposed to the network, will show the entire LXD documentation (if using the snap package and using the latest/edge channel). The second is /1.0/metadata/configuration/ which shows the metadata configuration in a JSON format. Aside from that, a couple of improvements were added, and several bugs were fixed.

LXD highlights


  • The LXD documentation is now accessible at the /documentation/ endpoint of your local LXD server. For this to work, you need to be using the snap package with the latest/edge channel and the LXD server needs to be exposed to the network.
  • The /1.0/metadata/configuration/ endpoint has been added which can be used to retrieve the generated metadata configuration in a JSON format.


  • Use information from lshw command if /sys/class/dmi is not available. This seems to be the case on PPC machines.
  • When querying /1.0/metrics, loop devices are now ignored in the IO stats as these aren’t useful to users.
  • Add ubuntu-minimal and ubuntu-minimal-daily remotes by default.
  • If the btrfs driver fails to detect the btrfs filesystem, the error message now includes what was detected instead.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug where it was possible to set block.* settings for regular custom block volumes.
  • Fixed an issue where calling /1.0/operations/<id> and /1.0/operations/<id>/wait would return different status/error codes if the instance was stopped.
  • Fixed a bug where constraints in /1.0/instances/<instance>/exec weren’t checked. LXD will now return an error if record-output and wait-for-websocket, or interactive and record-output are used in combination.
  • Fixed issues when attempting to hot-plug and hot-unplug filesystem volumes to/from VMs. Both actions are not possible, and will now return reasonable error messages.
  • Fixed an issue where LXD would potentially delete a ceph pool if the check for an existing pool failed due to a communications issue with the cluster. Now it differentiates between a missing pool result and an error to check whether the pool exists or not.

All changes

The items listed below is all of the work which happened over the past week and which will be included in the next release.


LXD Charm

  • Nothing to report this week.

Distribution work

This section is used to track the work done in downstream Linux distributions to ship the latest LXD as well as work to get various software to work properly inside containers.


  • Nothing to report this week.


  • Add lshw as a runtime dependency.
  • Build embedded documentation.
  • Disable SMM_REQUIRE in EDK2 as it was seen to be causing issues booting VMs with many CPUs.
  • Disable EFI memory attributes protocol in EDK2 as that leads to Synchronous Exception when booting VMs on Arm64 with standard Ubuntu images.