Emmanuel Frécon
by Emmanuel Frécon
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Docker compose provides higher-level abstractions to bind together containers for running a given project. The file format has evolved considerably and has become the base for deploying application stacks in Swarm Mode.

Sometimes, it might be necessary to manually recreate a “base” container with a slightly modified set of arguments/options. For these cases, my run.tpl gist might come to the rescue. Provided a running container on the host, it is able to output a docker run command that would recreate exactly the same container. Run has a wealth of options and the current implementation focuses on the main ones only.


In order to run this blog locally when writing posts or tweaking appearance, I use this image and the following command:

docker run -t --rm -v "$PWD":/usr/src/app -p "4000:4000" --name site starefossen/github-pages

Provided you have the gist available at ./run.tpl, running the following inspect command with my gist will output back a run command.

docker inspect --format "$(<run.tpl)" site

The output would look like the following, a command that is very similar to the original one and where underlying defaults have been streamlined.

docker run \
    --name=/site \
    --env="PATH=/usr/local/bundle/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin" \
    --env="RUBY_MAJOR=2.5" \
    --env="RUBY_VERSION=2.5.0" \
    --env="RUBY_DOWNLOAD_SHA256=1da0afed833a0dab94075221a615c14487b05d0c407f991c8080d576d985b49b" \
    --env="RUBYGEMS_VERSION=2.7.6" \
    --env="BUNDLER_VERSION=1.16.1" \
    --env="GEM_HOME=/usr/local/bundle" \
    --env="BUNDLE_PATH=/usr/local/bundle" \
    --env="BUNDLE_BIN=/usr/local/bundle/bin" \
    --env="BUNDLE_APP_CONFIG=/usr/local/bundle" \
    --env="NODE_MAJOR=6" \
    --env="GITHUB_GEM_VERSION=177" \
    --env="JSON_GEM_VERSION=1.8.6" \
    -p \
    --network "bridge" \
    --volume="/home/emmanuel/dev/projects/efrecon.github.io:/usr/src/app" \
    --log-driver="json-file" \
    --restart="no" \
    -t \
    "starefossen/github-pages" \
    "/bin/sh" "-c" "jekyll serve -d /_site --watch --force_polling -H -P 4000"