Daemon behavior


This specification covers some of the daemon's behavior, such as reaction to given signals, crashes, ...


On every start, LXD checks that its directory structure exists. If it doesn't, it'll create the required directories, generate a keypair and initialize the database.

Once the daemon is ready for work, LXD will scan the containers table for any container for which the stored power state differs from the current one. If a container's power state was recorded as running and the container isn't running, LXD will start it.

Signal handling


For those signals, LXD assumes that it's being temporarily stopped and will be restarted at a later time to continue handling the containers.

The containers will keep running and LXD will close all connections and exit cleanly.


Indicates to LXD that the host is going down.

LXD will attempt a clean shutdown of all the containers. After 30s, it will kill any remaining container.

The container power_state in the containers table is kept as it was so that LXD after the host is done rebooting can restore the containers as they were.


Write a memory profile dump to the file specified with --memprofile.