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Backup and restore docker container configurations

I came across a need to start afresh with my docker setup. I didn’t want to re-create all the port and volume mappings for my various containers. Fortunately I found a way around this by using docker-autocompose to create .yml files with all my settings and docker-compose to restore them to my new docker host.


Docker-autocompose source: https://github.com/Red5d/docker-autocompose

git clone https://github.com/Red5d/docker-autocompose.git
cd docker-autocompose
docker build -t red5d/docker-autocompose .

With docker-autocompose created you can then use it to create .yml files for each of your running containers by utilizing a simple BASH for loop:

for image in $(docker ps --format '{{.Names}}'); do docker run -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock red5d/docker-autocompose $image > $image.yml; done



To restore, install and use docker-compose:

sudo curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.21.2/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m) -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Next we use another simple for loop to go through each .yml file and import them into Docker. The sed piece escapes any $ characters in the .yml files so they will import properly.

for file in *.yml; do sed 's/\$/\$\$/g' -i $file;
docker-compose -f $file up --force-recreate -d; done

You can safely ignore the warnings about orphans.

That’s it!


ERROR: Invalid interpolation format for “environment” option in service “Transmission”: “PS1=$(whoami)@$(hostname):$(pwd)$ “

This is due to .yml files which contain unescaped $ characters.

Escape any $ with another $ using sed

sed 's/\$/\$\$/g' -i <filename>.yml

ERROR: The Compose file ‘./MariaDB.yml’ is invalid because:
MariaDB.user contains an invalid type, it should be a string

My MariaDB docker .yml file had a user: environment variable that was a number, which docker compose interpreted as a number instead of a string. I had to modify that particular .yml file and add quotes around the value that I had for the User environment variable.

Install notepadqq on Debian 8 (jessie)

Notepadqq is a version of notepad++ adapted for Linux. I love notepad++ for its powerful features and also because it’s free. Notepadqq has a ppa configured for easy installation for Ubuntu users, but for everyone else they must resort to compiling it. Fortunately it’s not too complicated. Thanks to linuxbabe for the guidance.

For Debian 8 users this is what you have to do:

sudo apt-get install qt5-qmake libqt5webkit5 libqt5svg5 coreutils libqt5webkit5-dev libqt5svg5-dev qttools5-dev-tools git
git clone https://github.com/notepadqq/notepadqq.git
cd notepadqq
sudo make install

After a bit of time notepadqq will be compiled and installed. That’s it!

If you are running gnome-shell or a derivative (such as cinnamon) then you can get your newly installed program to show up in the menu by pressing alt+f2, hitting r, and then hitting enter. This causes the shell to reload so it will pick up your newly installed program.