Docker Tips and Tricks

Docker is used to do development and continuous integration on Tecken. Below is a list of miscellaneous techniques to make development easier.

Bashing whilst running

If you have two terminals open, and run make run in one and make bash in another they are entirely separate containers. Meaning, if you, in the second terminal where you started bash try editing a file like this:

> jed /usr/local/lib/python3.5/site-packages/django/http/

Any changes are ignored by the first container. The solution is to run this command:

$ docker-compose exec --user 0 web bash

When you run that, you’ll first notice that it opens almost instantly since there’s no booting-up time. Also, if you, in a third terminal now run docker-compose ps you’ll see that there is no new container started. Now, any changes you make to files in this bash gets used by the Django runserver in the first terminal.

All the changes you make (e.g. print statements inside some Python dependency) is wiped any and forgotten when you rebuild the containers.

This is aliased in the Makefile as make currentshell.

Running from bash

When you run docker-compose up it automatically takes care of exposing the port instructions mentioned in docker-compose.yml. That means when you run docker-compose up web you’ll be able to reach port 8000 inside the container from outside the container. However, if you for some reason want to go into the shell, do some magic, and then start Django’s runserver from within, it won’t be reachable unless you start the shell in this way:

$ docker-compose run --service-ports -u 0 web bash

Note the extra --service-ports.

What’s Booted?

The docker ps list will all containers that are running. But docker-compose ps will list the same containers but with different information. The former gives nice stats on up when it was created and how long it’s been up. The latter will give information about containers also have have been stopped.