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Dockerfiles to easily create environments for developing and testing SaltStack on various platforms.

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Docker files for SaltStack

Note: It is strongly recommended that the default storage engine for Docker not be set to use the loopback/devicemapper. This will result in very slow builds and poor performance. Choose overlay or overlay2 if possible.

TL;DR (Lazy version)

For the impatient, images are available on Docker Hub.

To pull images: docker pull cachedout/barnacle

To use them, replace the name of the containers in the examples below with the path to the image tag. For example, replace instances of salt-arch with cachedout/barnacle:arch.


The following steps will walk you through building and running a Docker image for Arch Linux.

To build and test another OS, simply change the OS identifier where appropriate.

If you are running Docker for Mac, the sudos below are not necessary.

NOTE: This guide assumes that one's local salt development directory is in ~/devel/salt. If this is not the case, adjust the paths below accordingly.

To build an image, change to an image directory and type: sudo docker build -t salt-arch ..

This will download a base image and apply the necessary layers to ensure it has all the layer necessary to develop Salt with, including all of the development deps.

After the container is built, you can shell into it and have a look around:

sudo /usr/bin/docker run --rm -itv ~/devel/salt/:/testing salt-arch /bin/bash

Your local Salt development directory will be mounted into /testing. Any change you make locally will be immediatley reflected there and vice-versa.

You can of course run the tests if you like: python2 /testing/tests/runtests.py

Running the tests and then exiting

There is no need to create a shell just to run a test. You can do this with one command:

sudo /usr/bin/docker run --rm -itv ~/devel/salt:/testing salt-arch python2 /testing/tests/runtests.py

Again, this will operate on your local checkout of the Salt repo so you can quickly make changes and then immediatley see how they will work on any given platform.

Run a container using systemd

NOTE: currently only supported for the following images: cent7, fedora26, fedora27, ubuntu16, debian9

To start a container using systemd you need three things:

  2. The container needs read-only access to your cgroups
  3. You need to specify the path to the systemd binary as the command for the container.

For example:

docker run --detach --name container_name --cap-add SYS_ADMIN -v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro -v ~/devel/salt:/testing cent7 /usr/lib/systemd/systemd

This will launch the container running systemd and detach from it.

To get a shell, you'll need to ssh into the container. Because Docker re-uses IP addresses, you'll want to disable strict host key checking and tell ssh not to write to your known_hosts file. You'll also need to get the IP address. This can all be done via a truly horrific-looking shell one-liner:

ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null "root@$(docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' container_name)"

Once you've connected, use the initial password changeme and you'll immediately be prompted to set a new password. If you would like to avoid this when building your own copy of the container, edit the Dockerfile before building. You can simply comment out the passwd line and subtitute your own preferred password in the chpasswd line.

Fortunately, both starting a container under systemd and SSH-ing into it are supported via the .zsh aliases described in the section below.

Using .zsh aliases

This repo includes a docker_salt.zsh file. It makes running things even easier. Importing it into your shell is an exercise for the reader. ;] It understands if you are running Docker for Mac and does not sudo for the docker commands.

To run a single test:

cts arch integration.modules.beacons <-- Runs the beacons tests in an Arch container

cshell arch <-- Gives you a shell in an Arch container

cexec arch <-- Gives you a shell in an already running Arch container (use after cshell)

cbuild -a <-- Builds all OSs in the repo

cbuild -o <OS> <-- Builds a specific OS in the repo

csalt ubuntu14 state.sls test <-- Run a salt command

csalt-call ubuntu14 state.sls test <-- Run a salt-call command

cstart-systemd container_name cent7 <-- Start container_name under systemd using image salt-cent7

cssh container_name <-- SSH into container_name

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Dockerfiles to easily create environments for developing and testing SaltStack on various platforms.

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