Docker daemon is not able to start after an update.

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • After upgrading from docker-latest to docker, docker daemon fails to start with the below errors:
Job for docker.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status docker.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details

Jun 09 08:08:42 systemd[1]: Starting Docker Application Container Engine...
Jun 09 08:08:42 dockerd-current[32347]: time="2020-06-09T08:08:42.283610583+02:00" level=info msg="libcontainerd: new containerd process, pid: 32355"
Jun 09 08:08:43 dockerd-current[32347]: Error starting daemon: invalid argument
Jun 09 08:08:43 systemd[1]: docker.service: main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Jun 09 08:08:43 systemd[1]: Failed to start Docker Application Container Engine.
Jun 09 08:08:43 systemd[1]: Unit docker.service entered failed state.
Jun 09 08:08:43 systemd[1]: docker.service failed.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7
  • docker-1.13.1-161.git64e9980.el7_8.x86_64 and above.

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