Article ID: 125095, created on Apr 2, 2015, last review on Jun 17, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo 6.0
  • Virtuozzo containers for Linux 4.7
  • Virtuozzo hypervisor


Containers based on SLES 9 and SLES 10 have no networking after starting on a server running kernel 2.6.32-042stab102.X and later. Major symptom is - loopback device is not configured:

[root@pvcfl ~]# vzlist 100500
      CTID      NPROC STATUS       IP_ADDR         HOSTNAME
    100500         13 running    -
[root@pvcfl ~]# vzctl enter 100500
entered into Container 100500
localhost:~ # ifconfig
localhost:~ # ifup lo

ERROR: No configuration found for lo
localhost:~ #

getcfg-interface command execution leads to segmentation fault:

localhost:~ # getcfg-interface -d . -f ifcfg- -- ''
Segmentation fault


Script ifup implies execution of getcfg-interface. Segmentation fault prevents loopback interface from starting, which is crucial for networking in the container.

The root cause of the issue is a bug in SLES, particularly in sysconfig package. It scans /sys/block folder and tries to iterate over list of interfaces, however there is no check that /sys/block directory is empty. It worked on previous kernels since /sys/block/ directory was not present there at all. Starting kernel from 2.6.32-042stab102.X directory is present, but empty, thus triggering this bug.

In order to bypass the bug in SLES 10, request with internal ID #PSBM-32744 was submitted.


Permanent fix is planned to the future updates.

For now, it's possible to use one of the following workarounds:

Workaround 1:

Reboot into an older kernel, 2.6.32-042stab94.7 or older.

Workaround 2:

Create custom action script for container startup which would mount any non-empty directory into /sys/block:

~# cat /vz/private/<CTID>/scripts/start
mount -o bind /etc /sys/block

Do not forget to set executable permissions:

~# chmod +x /vz/private/<CTID>/scripts/start

Note!: replace <CTID> with an actual container ID.

In order to automate the workaround #2 for all existing containers based on SLES 9 or SLES 10 you may download and execute attached script:

# wget
# chmod +x
# ./

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