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Provides base OS, patches and stable nginx for quick and easy spinup
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Ubuntu used by default, Alpine builds also available tagged as -alpine

Provides base OS, patches and stable nginx for quick and easy spinup.

S6 process supervisor is used for only for zombie reaping (as PID 1), boot coordination, and termination signal translation

Goss is used for build-time testing.

See parent(s) docker-base for additional configuration


Applications using this as a container parent must copy their html/app into the /var/www/html folder
NOTE: Nginx is exposed and bound to an unprivileged port, 8080


For Ubuntu-based variants, a convenience script is provided for security-only package updates. To run: /bin/bash -e /

Environment Variables

Variable Example Description
SERVER_MAX_BODY_SIZE SERVER_MAX_BODY_SIZE=4M Allows the downstream application to specify a non-default client_max_body_size configuration for the server-level directive in /etc/nginx/sites-available/default
SERVER_INDEX SERVER_INDEX index.html index.html index.php Changes the default pages to hit for folder and web roots
SERVER_APP_NAME SERVER_APP_NAME='view' Gets appended to the default logging format
SERVER_GZIP_OPTIONS SERVER_GZIP_OPTIONS=1 Allows default set of static content to be served gzipped
SERVER_SENDFILE SERVER_SENDFILE=off Allows runtime to specify value of nginx's sendfile (default, on)
SERVER_KEEPALIVE SERVER_KEEPALIVE=30 Define HTTP 1.1's keepalive timeout
SERVER_WORKER_PROCESSES SERVER_WORKER_PROCESSES=4 Set to the number of cores in the machine, or the number of cores allocated to container
SERVER_WORKER_CONNECTIONS SERVER_WORKER_CONNECTIONS=2048 Sets up the number of connections for worker processes
SERVER_LOG_MINIMAL SERVER_LOG_MINIMAL=1 Minimize the logging format, appropriate for development environments
S6_KILL_FINISH_MAXTIME S6_KILL_FINISH_MAXTIME=1000 Wait time (in ms) for zombie reaping before sending a kill signal
S6_KILL_GRACETIME S6_KILL_GRACETIME=500 Wait time (in ms) for S6 finish scripts before sending kill signal

Startup/Runtime Modification

To inject changes just before runtime, shell scripts (ending in .sh) may be placed into the
/etc/cont-init.d folder. For example, the above environment variables are used to drive nginx configuration at runtime.
As part of the process manager, these scripts are run in advance of the supervised processes. @see

Advanced Modification

More advanced changes can take effect using the run.d system. Similar to the /etc/cont-init.d/ script system, any scripts (ending in .sh) in the /run.d/ folder will be executed ahead of the S6 initialization.

  • If run.d script terminates with a non-zero exit code, container will stop, terminating with the script's exit code, unless...
  • If script terminates with exit code of $SIGNAL_BUILD_STOP (99), this will signal the container to stop cleanly. This can be used for multi-stage builds

Long-running processes (workers + crons)

This container image can be shared between web and non-web processes. An example use case would be
a web service and codebase that also has a few crons and background workers. To reuse this container for
those types of workloads:

docker run {image_id} / 3 /bin/binary -parameters -that -binary -receives

Runs 3 copies of /bin/binary that receives the parameters -parameters -that -binary -receives

Container Organization

Besides the instructions contained in the Dockerfile, the majority of this
container's use is in configuration and process. The ./container/root repo directory is overlayed into a container during build. Adding additional files
to the folders in there will be present in the final image.

Nginx is currently set up as an S6 service in /etc/services-available/nginx, during default environment conditions, it will symlink itself to be supervised under /etc/services.d/nginx. When running under worker entrypoint (, it will not be S6's service.d folder to be supervised.

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Comments (1)
a month ago

Can you add environmental variable to set nginx port?