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Revision as of 13:49, 19 June 2015

Layered Docker Image Build Service


Fedora currently ships a Docker base image, but Docker supports a layering concept. There are some applications like Cockpit which we would like to ship as layered applications.

This change will deploy the [[1]] build service to support building and delivering a set of layered Docker images.


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Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 23
  • Last updated: 2015-06-19
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Detailed Description

The system has five major parts:

  • A command-line client — already integrated into rpkg; needs only minor work to enable in fedpkg
  • dist-git for Dockerfiles
  • A koji plugin, containerbuild
  • An OpenShift 3 backend
  • A distribution mechanism; initially, this will be
  1. ftp/http mirror (either alt or main mirrors), and
  2. pushed to upstream 'Docker hub (running our own registry is currently out of scope; see below)

For more information, see this presentation for the high level overview of the whole system.

Benefit to Fedora

What is the benefit to the platform?

Docker is a very popular way to deliver container images. This will help deliver Fedora-based containers inside the Docker ecosystem, and other applications that are part of the Fedora package collection as containers.

Fedora Server is planning to deliver Server Roles as containers; this will facilitate that. And vital parts of Fedora Atomic are now designed to be delivered in containers, but we currently have no mechanism to do that within Fedora itself.


Proposal owners

Proposal owners shall have to

    • Deploy OSBS
      • Deploy OpenShift v3
      • Deploy container build koji plugin (optional)
    • create dist-git for Dockerfiles

Task matrix

See Layered Docker Image Build Service RACI Matrix for an individual breakdown of tasks and responsibilities. This also includes a basic, task-level accounting of status, which we will keep updated.

Other developers

  • Possible integration with Bodhi for releasing updated images

Release engineering

  • Deploy OSBS

Policies and guidelines

    • Need to determine who can submit/build images
    • Determine who is responsible for building/testing images as RPMs change
    • Determine policy for non-RPM content
    • "Packaging guidelines" for Dockerfiles; suggest starting lightweight and building as needed. Project Atomic documentation can be a starting point.

Out of Scope


This Change does not include running a Fedora container registry. Although we might want to do so in the future, this should not be a blocker. Container images will be a) delivered to the upstream Docker Hub and b) put on the Fedora FTP/HTTP mirror network.

Other Integrations

In the future, images could be integrated into Bodhi, just like RPMs.

It would also be nice to have a pkgdb interface, but that shouldn't be a blocker.

Content Tracking, Automatic Rebuilds

It would be nice for images to automatically rebuilt and pushed to testing when any of their contents change, or at least when any of their content changes due to a security update. But we don't want to block having the basic build service in place on that; initially, updates will need to be initiated by the container packager.

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Since the world of containers is changing rapidly, it is possible that the system might need to be upgraded in future to latest stable version.

How To Test

Ideally, we have a Fedora registry. If so, then adding it and doing:

atomic run

User Experience

There's many potential roles interacting here - the container owner, the container user, release engineering.

From a container packager point of view, the overall experience should be very similar to that of an RPM packager. Instead of a spec file, a Dockerfile will be created, but then that will be built using fedpkg through koji.


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Contingency Plan

People continue to upload to the Docker Hub in an ad-hoc fashion with no integration with Fedora.


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