When trying out lxd on a desktop ubuntu 18.04, I get the following error

 sudo lxd init                         
Would you like to use LXD clustering? (yes/no) [default=no]: 
Do you want to configure a new storage pool? (yes/no) [default=yes]: 
Name of the new storage pool [default=default]: 
Name of the storage backend to use (btrfs, ceph, dir, lvm, zfs) [default=zfs]: dir
Would you like to connect to a MAAS server? (yes/no) [default=no]: 
Would you like to create a new local network bridge? (yes/no) [default=yes]: 
What should the new bridge be called? [default=lxdbr0]: 
What IPv4 address should be used? (CIDR subnet notation, “auto” or “none”) [default=auto]: 
What IPv6 address should be used? (CIDR subnet notation, “auto” or “none”) [default=auto]: none
Would you like LXD to be available over the network? (yes/no) [default=no]: 
Would you like stale cached images to be updated automatically? (yes/no) [default=yes] 
Would you like a YAML "lxd init" preseed to be printed? (yes/no) [default=no]: 
Error: Failed to create network 'lxdbr0': Failed to run: dnsmasq --strict-order --bind-interfaces --pid-file=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.pid --except-interface=lo --no-ping --interface=lxdbr0 --quiet-dhcp --quiet-dhcp6 --quiet-ra --listen-address= --dhcp-no-override --dhcp-authoritative --dhcp-leasefile=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.leases --dhcp-hostsfile=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.hosts --dhcp-range,,1h -s lxd -S /lxd/ --conf-file=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.raw -u lxd: Failed to run: dnsmasq --strict-order --bind-interfaces --pid-file=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.pid --except-interface=lo --no-ping --interface=lxdbr0 --quiet-dhcp --quiet-dhcp6 --quiet-ra --listen-address= --dhcp-no-override --dhcp-authoritative --dhcp-leasefile=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.leases --dhcp-hostsfile=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.hosts --dhcp-range,,1h -s lxd -S /lxd/ --conf-file=/var/snap/lxd/common/lxd/networks/lxdbr0/dnsmasq.raw -u lxd: dnsmasq: failed to create listening socket for Address already in use

I've checked and before I ran the command, i could verify that dnsmasq is not listening on After running the above command, it is running on, so the error does hold merrit, but seems self-inflicted.

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Though it might seems self-inflicted, lxd actually wants to run another dnsmasq process, whereas the dnsmasq instance you see after running the command is most probably the system/existing dnsmasq instance being very quick to start a socket on the newly created lxd bridge; the lxd bridge being created by the lxd init command

libvirt has the same problem, but actually solves this (on ubuntu) by having a file in /etc/dnsmasq.d/libvirt-daemon having the crucial line starting with except-interface=...

The same is needed for lxd, I believe it would start to work if you add the following line to /etc/dnsmasq.d/lxd:


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