Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Docker - enabling systemd on centos:7

I'm experimenting with enabling systemd on the docker centos:7 image.  Here's a simple example getting the centos7 systemd image set up, then building a docker image with nginx using that, and then running it.  

CentOS Linux release 7.3.1611 (Core)
Docker version 19.03.1, build 74b1e89


# systemd is included with centos:7 but not enabled by default - START
# https://hub.docker.com/_/centos:
FROM centos:7
ENV container docker
RUN (cd /lib/systemd/system/sysinit.target.wants/; for i in *; do [ $i == \
systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service ] || rm -f $i; done); \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/*;\
rm -f /etc/systemd/system/*.wants/*;\
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/local-fs.target.wants/*; \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/*udev*; \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/*initctl*; \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/basic.target.wants/*;\
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/anaconda.target.wants/*;
VOLUME [ "/sys/fs/cgroup" ]
CMD ["/usr/sbin/init"]
# systemd is included with centos:7 but not enabled by default - END


# This dockerfile is used when running cypress during a commit to the remote repo
FROM local/centos7-systemd

# install yum dependencies ansible
RUN yum install -y epel-release \
  && yum install -y nginx && systemctl enable nginx.service


CMD ["/usr/sbin/init"]

Build images:

docker build --rm -t local/centos7-systemd -f centos7-systemd.Dockerfile .
docker build -t local/centos7-systemd-nginx -f centos7-systemd-nginx.Dockerfile .

Run container:

docker run -it --rm -d -v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro -v /run -p 80:80 --name web local/centos7-systemd-nginx

Test that nginx is running: 

curl http://localhost/index.html

It returned an error HTML page, but I know nginx is running!

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en">
        <title>The page is not found</title>
        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
        <style type="text/css">
            body {
                background-color: #fff;
                color: #000;
                font-size: 0.9em;
                font-family: sans-serif,helvetica;
                margin: 0;
                padding: 0;
            :link {
                color: #c00;
            :visited {
                color: #c00;
            a:hover {
                color: #f50;
            h1 {
                text-align: center;
                margin: 0;
                padding: 0.6em 2em 0.4em;
                background-color: #294172;
                color: #fff;
                font-weight: normal;
                font-size: 1.75em;
                border-bottom: 2px solid #000;
            h1 strong {
                font-weight: bold;
                font-size: 1.5em;
            h2 {
                text-align: center;
                background-color: #3C6EB4;
                font-size: 1.1em;
                font-weight: bold;
                color: #fff;
                margin: 0;
                padding: 0.5em;
                border-bottom: 2px solid #294172;
            h3 {
                text-align: center;
                background-color: #ff0000;
                padding: 0.5em;
                color: #fff;
            hr {
                display: none;
            .content {
                padding: 1em 5em;
            .alert {
                border: 2px solid #000;
            img {
                border: 2px solid #fff;
                padding: 2px;
                margin: 2px;
            a:hover img {
                border: 2px solid #294172;
            .logos {
                margin: 1em;
                text-align: center;
        <h1><strong>nginx error!</strong></h1>
        <div class="content">
            <h3>The page you are looking for is not found.</h3>
            <div class="alert">
                <h2>Website Administrator</h2>
                <div class="content">
                    <p>Something has triggered missing webpage on your
                    website. This is the default 404 error page for
                    <strong>nginx</strong> that is distributed with
                    Fedora.  It is located

                    <p>You should customize this error page for your own
                    site or edit the <tt>error_page</tt> directive in
                    the <strong>nginx</strong> configuration file


            <div class="logos">
                <a href="http://nginx.net/"><img
                    alt="[ Powered by nginx ]"
                    width="121" height="32" /></a>

                <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/"><img
                    alt="[ Powered by Fedora ]"
                    width="88" height="31" /></a>

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