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Docker image for ZEO server
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Zeoserver ready to run Docker image

Docker image for ZEO server with plone.recipe.zeoserver full support
(supports all plone.recipe.zeoserver options as docker environment variables).

This image is generic, thus you can obviously re-use it within
your non-related EEA projects.

Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

  • :latest (default)

Base docker image

Source code


  1. Install Docker.


Most of the configuration of this image is based on the
recipe package so it is advised that you check it out.

Run with basic configuration

$ docker run eeacms/zeoserver

The image is built using a bare buildout.cfg file:

extends =
parts = zeoserver

zc.buildout = 2.2.1
setuptools = 7.0

recipe = plone.recipe.zeoserver

zeoserver will therefore run inside the container with the default parameters given
by the recipe, such as listening on port 8100.

Extend configuration through environment variables

Environment variables can be supplied either via an env_file with the --env-file flag

$ docker run --env-file zeoserver.env eeacms/zeoserver

or via the --env flag

$ docker run --env BUILDOUT_ZEO_ADDRESS="80" eeacms/zeoserver

It is very important to know that the environment variables supplied are translated
into buildout configuration. For each variable with the prefix BUILDOUT_ there will be
a line added to the [zeoserver] configuration. For example, if you want to set the
read-only attribute to the value true, you have to supply an environment variable
in the form BUILDOUT_READ_ONLY="true". When the environment variable is processed,
the prefix is striped, _ turns to - and uppercase turns to lowercase. Also, if the
value is enclosed in quotes or apostrophes, they will be striped. The configuration will
look like

read-only = true

The variables supported are the ones supported by the recipe,
so check out its documentation for a full list. Keep in mind that this option will trigger
a rebuild at start and might cause a few seconds of delay.

Use a custom configuration file mounted as a volume

$ docker run -v /host/path/to/buildout.cfg:/opt/zeoserver/buildout.cfg eeacms/zeoserver

You are able to start a container with your custom buildout configuration with the mention
that it must be mounted at /opt/zeoserver/buildout.cfg inside the container. Keep in mind
that this option will trigger a rebuild at start and might cause delay, based on your
configuration. It is unadvised to use this option to install many packages, because they will
have to be reinstalled every time a container is created.

Extend the image with a custom configuration file

Additionally, in case you need to considerably change the base configuration of this image,
you can extend it with your configuration. You can write Dockerfile like this

FROM eeacms/zeoserver

COPY custom.cfg /opt/zeoserver/base.cfg
RUN bin/buildout -c base.cfg

and then run

$ docker build -t zeoserver:custom .

Persistent data as you wish

For production use, in order to avoid data loss we advise you to keep your Data.fs and blobs within
a data-only container.
The data container keeps the persistent data for a production environment and must be backed up.
If you are running in a devel environment, you can skip the backup and delete the container if you want.

If you have a Data.fs file for your application, you can add it to the data container with the following

$ docker run --rm \
    --volumes-from my_data_container \
    --volume /host/path/to/Data.fs:/restore:ro \
    busybox \
      /bin/sh -c "cp /restore/Data.fs /opt/zeoserver/var/filestorage/ && \
      chown -R 500:500 /opt/zeoserver/var/filestorage"

The command above creates a bare busybox container using the persistent volumes of your data container.
The parent directory of the Data.fs file is mounted as a read-only volume in /mnt, from where the
Data.fs file is copied to the filestorage directory you are going to use (default /opt/zeoserver/var/filestorage).
The data container must have this directory marked as a volume, so it can be used by the zeoserver container,
with a command like:

$ docker run --volumes-from my_data_container eeacms/zeoserver

The volumes from the data container will overwrite the contents of the directories inside the zeoserver
container, in a similar way in which the mount command works. So, for example, if your data container
has /opt/zeoserver/var/filestorage marked as a volume, running the above command will overwrite the
contents of that folder in the zeoserver with whatever there is in the data container.

The data container can also be easily copied, moved and be reused between different environments.

Docker-compose example

A docker-compose.yml file for zeoserver using a data container:

  image: eeacms/zeoserver
  - data

  image: busybox
  - /opt/zeoserver/var/filestorage
  - /opt/zeoserver/var/blobstorage
  command: chown -R 500:500 /opt/zeoserver/var


$ docker pull eeacms/zeoserver

Supported environment variables

As mentioned above, the supported environment variables are derived from the configuration options
from the recipe. For example, read-only
becomes BUILDOUT_READ_ONLY and zeo-address becomes BUILDOUT_ZEO_ADDRESS.

For variables that support a list of values (such as eggs, for example), separe them by space, as
in BUILDOUT_EGGS="zc.async ZopeUndo".

Besides the variables supported by the zeoserver recipe, you can also use INDEX and FIND_LINKS
that extend the [buildout] tag.

Copyright and license

The Initial Owner of the Original Code is European Environment Agency (EEA).
All Rights Reserved.

The Original Code is free software;
you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU
General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation;
either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later


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