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My set of dockerfiles
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My dockerfiles

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Running as your userid and groupid

I prefer my docker applications run as this user (rather than root) when possible. To do this, options are:

  1. Create a standard user on image, then modify container's user id to match those on host
    • the created user should be in the same group as the application in order to access application files
    • Advantage: app can read and write files as appropriate user
      • can run as root or create personalized image to run as user
    • Disadvantage: must modify container's /etc and chown $HOME files every time image is run, unless container is saved as image (in which case just generate a Dockerfile for a given host userid).
  2. Install app as root and run image using -u $UID. The groupId is still root, which may be okay since most files don't all group write access (must verify this when creating images).
    • Advantage: app can write files as appropriate user
    • Disadvantage: existing files may not be accessible by $UID
      • unless the user's default groupId is set to host's default groupId and still keep user in the root group (then user will have access to all files).
      • /etc/passwd and /etc/group will not have entries for the host's user
  • Typically, my docker images create a me user with group me.
  • If the application needs read or write access to files on a volume, the
  • Run my docker image with -v $PWD/container_scripts:/scripts
  • My docker images have an ENTRYPOINT that runs /scripts/ If you provide a CMD on the commandline, it will be run after using bash's exec. The default CMD depends on the image. See
  • A typical looks like this:`
    [ -e host-userinfo.src ] || exit 1
    . host-userinfo.src


Create group and user to match those of host

mkdir --parent $HOMEDIR

#adduser --disabled-password --gecos '' $DHOST_USERNAME

adduser creates and populates home directory, add group with same name as user, add user to that group, prompts for pwd

Allow user to sudo (comment these lines out to disable sudo)

adduser $DHOST_USERNAME sudo
echo '%sudo ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL' >> /etc/sudoers

#orig: su -m $DHOST_USERNAME -c exec $@
su -m -l $DHOST_USERNAME -c exec $@

* and `host-userinfo.src` can be created using ``:

echo "
" > host-userinfo.src

* If `/scripts/` doesn't exist (because the `/scripts` volume wasn't mounted or the `` file wasn't created), then the container will run as root.

# To run another instances of an image

`> RUN_ARGS_FILE=runArgs2.src ./ firefox firefox-instance2`

# Tips
* WebUI (
 * : ```docker run -d -p 9000:9000 --privileged -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock dockerui/dockerui

Modify your container's /etc/resolv.conf to include the host's DNS

domain <yourDomain>
nameserver <yourVPNsDNS>

Resources and references

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