Last time I gave a walkthrough to the docker cluster. This time around I would like to enable more people to bootstrap it.

So I polished the bashrc functions to fetch and build the neccessary git-repositories. The next post should use Python Fabric to spin it up.


First thing to run QNIBTerminal is to setup the docker host. As I use Fedora20 as my workhorse I just install the packages needed.

yum install -y lxc docker-io


To make the docker server accessible from remote systems (like my MacBook Pro) I offer the socket 6000 to everyone. This might be considered stupid depending on your environment.

The other options I choose are

  • a different location for the docker directory (-g)
  • using lxc instead of directly talking to the Kernel (-e)
  • choosing googles DNS, due to the poor quality of orangeFRs DNS (--dns)
  • not restart containers after the service is restarted (--restart)
$ cat /usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service
Description=Docker Application Container Engine

ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker -d -H tcp:// -e lxc -g /data/docker/ --dns --restart=false


Last but not least the service has to be enabled and started. I disable firewalld, because I want to connect remotely.

$ systemctl enable docker
$ systemctl start docker
$ systemctl disable firewalld
$ systemctl stop firewalld


The QNIBTerminal repository hold a bashrc-file that provides a couple of functions for all the lazy admins out their.

$ source ~/Daten/QNIBTerminal/bashrc

Clone Repositories

First lets clone all repositories holding the Dockerfiles.

$ mkdir docker_dir; cd docker_dir
$ dgit_clone
Where to put the git-directories? [.]
########## docker-fd20
Cloning into 'docker-fd20'...
remote: Reusing existing pack: 13, done.
remote: Total 13 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (13/13), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
########## docker-supervisor
########## docker-carbon
Cloning into 'docker-carbon'...
remote: Reusing existing pack: 42, done.
remote: Total 42 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (42/42), done.
Checking connectivity... done.


The next step is to build all images on the docker-host. For this the DOCKER_HOST variable has to be setup correct (if on a remote client, otherwise it's not needed).

Let us make sure that I am not cheating by having pre-build images.

$ docker images -a
REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             VIRTUAL SIZE
$ docker ps -a
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              NAMES

And here we go, this takes some time (including downloading the fedora base image); make sure the coffee is ready.

$ time dgit_build
Where arethe git-directories? [.]
########## build> docker/fd20
Uploading context 67.58 kB
Uploading context
Step 0 : FROM fedora
Pulling repository fedora
64fd7993bcaf: Download complete
3f2fed40e4b0: Download complete
511136ea3c5a: Download complete
fd241224e9cf: Download complete
 ---> 3f2fed40e4b0
Step 1 : MAINTAINER "Christian Kniep <>"
 ---> Running in 7ba085a2c184
 ---> d61a368e84ba
removing intermediate container c5e520fb4296
Successfully built 57c0329e462c

real    48m21.247s
user    0m1.540s
sys 0m6.505s

Here we go, all images are build. The ordering is not correct, this is the result of one day debugging. :)

$ docker images|grep -v none
REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED              VIRTUAL SIZE
qnib/compute        latest              96f67484c6aa        About an hour ago    1.475 GB
qnib/slurm          latest              9ce757745aa1        About an hour ago    1.398 GB
qnib/terminal       latest              2cc67bc797f4        About an hour ago    1.112 GB
qnib/slurmctld      latest              e3f3c8690ee4        About an hour ago    1.398 GB
qnib/grafana        latest              7563da873e70        4 hours ago          1.143 GB
qnib/haproxy        latest              969b553f15ba        4 hours ago          845.8 MB
qnib/elk            latest              1d02459b67a9        4 hours ago          1.451 GB
qnib/carbon         latest              f223fde0c93d        6 hours ago          1.405 GB
qnib/graphite-api   latest              bc3cf444e7ed        6 hours ago          1.177 GB
qnib/graphite-web   latest              4419b9804c4a        6 hours ago          1.41 GB
qnib/helixdns       latest              364db1472dcf        8 hours ago          983.3 MB
qnib/etcd           latest              bcb0eb9bcb89        8 hours ago          865.3 MB
qnib/supervisor     latest              48e4e77642d2        8 hours ago          831.5 MB
qnib/fd20           latest              ceefcfc92bb5        8 hours ago          620.8 MB
fedora              20                  3f2fed40e4b0        4 days ago           372.7 MB
fedora              heisenbug           3f2fed40e4b0        4 days ago           372.7 MB
fedora              latest              3f2fed40e4b0        4 days ago           372.7 MB
fedora              rawhide             64fd7993bcaf        4 days ago           366.8 MB