Why do we receive an error "unable to pull image" while creating a pod ?

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Podman tries to use the default "k8s.gcr.io" image while creation of pod.

  • Modification to the infra-image option in /usr/share/containers/libpod.conf and /etc/containers/libpod.conf. doesn't reflect in a rootless mode

  • Error freeing pod lock after failed creation: no such file or directory

  • Error: unable to create pod: error adding Infra Container: unable to pull k8s.gcr.io/pause:3.1: unable to pull image

  • Error initializing source docker://k8s.gcr.io/pause:3.1: error pinging docker registry k8s.gcr.io: Get https://k8s.gcr.io/v2/: dial tcp XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:443: i/o timeout


  • RHEL 7
  • RHEL 8
  • Podman-1.6.4

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