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Minimal Arch Linux image with gosu and non-root user
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ArchLinux Container

Docker build for a basic Arch Linux docker image with gosu. I update the container regularly.

This image is built from scratch.


This docker image is build from scratch with a minimal Arch Linux installation.
It provides several key features:

  • A non-root user and group docky for executing programs inside the container.
  • A umask of 0002 for user docky.
  • Exported variables UNAME, GNAME, UID and GID to make use of the user settings from within scripts.
  • Timezone (/etc/localtime) is linked to Europe/Zurich, adjust if required in a derived image.


For example:

docker run --interactive --tty --rm marcelhuberfoo/arch env


This image provides a user and group docky to run programs as user docky. It is best used with gosu, as it allows to handle signals of the started process properly within the container.

If you map in a volume, permissions on the host folder must allow user or group docky to write to it. I recommend adding at least a group docky with GID of 654321 to your host system and change the group of the folder to docky. Don't forget to add yourself to the docky group.
The user docky has a UID of 654321 and a GID of 654321 which should not interfere with existing ids on regular Linux systems.

Add user and group docky, group might be sufficient:

groupadd -g 654321 docky
useradd --system --uid 654321 --gid docky --shell '/sbin/nologin' docky

Add yourself to the docky group:

gpasswd --add myself docky

Set group permissions to the entire project directory:

chmod -R g+w /tmp/my-data
chgrp -R docky /tmp/my-data

systemd - not yet functional

Note: It is not yet possible to use systemd with this container due to docker limitations (at least with versions <= 1.6.2). Therefor, the package systemd is not installed.

If it worked

Enabled services would be started in your container if run with something like:

docker run --privileged -v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
       marcelhuberfoo/arch /usr/lib/systemd/systemd

To stop the container, you could execute systemctl poweroff.

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