cannot connect to docker instance

I am getting the below error when trying to log onto to a running docker instance and cannot log on.

docker exec -it <my_container_id> /bin/bash

connection error: desc = “transport: dial unix /var/run/docker/containerd/docker-containerd.sock: connect: connection refused”: unknown


Part of this issue is that I started a task overnight which raised the CPU to 100% for the past several hours, so I may be getting locked out until the internal process times out in some way, not sure when. Got the same error when trying ‘docker stop <my_container_id>’ If this is CPU max-related then would be interested if any way to throttle the CPU at something less than max to allow login.

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I would recommend trying to restart the Docker service:

systemctl restart docker

Let me know how it goes. Regards, Bobby