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LDM Docker

Travis Status

This repository contains files necessary to build and run a Docker container for the LDM.


  • unidata/ldm-docker:latest
  • unidata/ldm-docker:6.13.6

Configuring the LDM

Run Configuration with docker-compose

To run the LDM Docker container, beyond a basic Docker setup, we recommend installing docker-compose.

You can customize the default docker-compose.yml to decide:

  • which LDM image version you want to run
  • which port will map to port 388

For anyone who has worked with the LDM, you will be familiar with the following directories:

  • etc/
  • var/data
  • var/logs
  • var/queues

These directory paths will be mounted outside the container with docker-compose.yml

LDM Configuration Files

In the etc directory, you will have to do the usual LDM configuration by editing:

  • ldmd.conf
  • registry.xml
  • scour.conf
  • pqact.conf


The recommended LDM crontab entries have been installed inside the container. You can modify the LDM crontab by editing the cron/ldm file. This file can be mounted over /var/spool/cron/ldm with docker-compose.yml. See the docker-compose.yml file herein for an example.

Additional Scouring

The scouring facilities built-in to the LDM mysteriously do not have the ability to scour empty directories. In this container, therefore, are included additional scouring utility scripts that will scour empty directories as well.

  • scourBYnumber
  • scourBYempty
  • scourBYday

Typically, these will be invoked from cron and will correspond to the same directories being scoured in scour.conf. For example, if you have a scour.conf that has the following entries:

/data/ldm/pub/decoded/gempak/areas/ANTARCTIC	2
/data/ldm/pub/decoded/gempak/areas/ARCTIC	2
/data/ldm/pub/decoded/gempak/areas/GEWCOMP	4

you may wish to have corresponding entries in your crontab (e.g., cron/ldm file that will be mounted into the container with docker-compose.yml) file:

16 0 * * * /home/ldm/util/scourBYday /data/ldm/pub/decoded/gempak/areas/ANTARCTIC 2
17 0 * * * /home/ldm/util/scourBYday /data/ldm/pub/decoded/gempak/areas/ARCTIC    2
18 0 * * * /home/ldm/util/scourBYday /data/ldm/pub/decoded/gempak/areas/GEWCOMP   4

Upstream Data Feed from Unidata or Elsewhere

The LDM operates on a push data model. You will have to find an institution who will agree to push you the data you are interested in. If you are part of the academic community please send a support email to to discuss your LDM data requirements.

Create LDM Directories on Docker Host

You will want to create the local directories defined in the docker-compose.yml for the LDM /home/ldm/var/logs directory and /home/ldm/var/data directory. For example:

mkdir logs data

In typical LDM usage, the data directory is mounted on a data volume that can handle the amount of data you expect coming down the pipe. This data directory is usually not backed up.

Running LDM

Once you have completed your docker-compose.yml setup, you can run the container with:

docker-compose up -d ldm

Note that if you have not pulled or built the LDM Docker image, this command will implicitly pull the image.

The output of such command should be something like:

Creating ldm

Stopping LDM

To stop this container:

docker-compose stop

Delete LDM Container

To clean the slate and remove the container (not the image, the container):

docker-compose rm -f

Check What is Running

To verify the LDM is alive you can run ldmadmin config inside the container. To do that, run:

docker exec ldm ldmadmin config

which should give output that looks something like:

os:                    Linux
release:               4.4.12-boot2docker
ldmhome:               /home/ldm
LDM version:           6.13.1
PATH:                  /home/ldm/ldm-6.13.1/bin:/home/ldm/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin
LDM conf file:         /home/ldm/etc/ldmd.conf
pqact(1) conf file:    /home/ldm/etc/pqact.conf
scour(1) conf file:    /home/ldm/etc/scour.conf
product queue:         /home/ldm/var/queues/ldm.pq
queue size:            500M bytes
queue slots:           default
reconciliation mode:   do nothing
pqsurf(1) path:        /home/ldm/var/queues/pqsurf.pq
pqsurf(1) size:        2M
IP address:  
port:                  388
PID file:              /home/ldm/
Lock file:             /home/ldm/.ldmadmin.lck
maximum clients:       256
maximum latency:       3600
time offset:           3600
log file:              /home/ldm/var/logs/ldmd.log
numlogs:               7
log_rotate:            1
netstat:               true
top:                   /usr/bin/top -b -n 1
metrics file:          /home/ldm/var/logs/metrics.txt
metrics files:         /home/ldm/var/logs/metrics.txt*
num_metrics:           4
check time:            1
delete info files:     0
ntpdate(1):            ntpdate
ntpdate(1) timeout:    5
time servers:
time-offset limit:     10

Running LDM (or Other Shell) Commands Inside the Container

When using the LDM in any realistic scenario, you will want to execute LDM commands (e.g., notifyme). There are a couple of different ways you can accomplish this goal.

  1. You can enter the container with docker exec -it <container name or ID> bash. For example,
$ docker exec -it ldm bash
[ldm@291c06984ded ~]$ notifyme -vl- -h
  1. Or you can simply execute the command from outside the container with docker exec <container name or ID> <command>. For example,
docker exec ldm notifyme -vl- -h

Updating the LDM

When Unidata releases a new version of the LDM, it is easy to update the container:

docker pull unidata/ldm-docker:<version>
docker-compose stop
docker-compose up -d ldm

Configurable LDM UID and GID

The problem with mounted Docker volumes and UID/DIG mismatch headaches is best explained here:

This container allows the possibility of controlling the UID/GID of the ldm user inside the container via LDM_USER_ID and LDM_GROUP_ID environment variables. If not set, the default UID/GID is 1000/1000. For example,

docker run --name ldm  \
     -e LDM_USER_ID=`id -u`  \
     -e LDM_GROUP_ID=`getent group $USER | cut -d':' -f3`  \
     -v ./etc/:/home/ldm/etc/ \
     -v ./data/:/home/ldm/var/data/ \
     -v ./data/:/home/ldm/var/queues/ \
     -v ./logs/:/home/ldm/var/logs/ \
     -v ./cron/:/var/spool/cron/ \
     -d -p 388:388 unidata/ldm-docker:latest

where LDM_USER_ID and LDM_GROUP_ID have been configured with the UID/GID of the user running the container. If using docker-compose, see compose.env to configure the UID/GID of user ldm inside the container.

This feature enables greater control of file permissions written outside the container via mounted volumes (e.g., data files written by the LDM).

Note that this UID/GID configuration option will not work on operating systems where Docker is not native (e.g., macOS).


In order to cite this project, please simply make use of the Unidata LDM DOI: doi:10.5065/D64J0CT0

Self-Contained Example

This project comes with a self-contained example. To run it:

  1. docker pull unidata/ldm-docker:latest
  2. cd example
  3. possibly edit etc/registry.xml to change hostname currently set at
  4. possibly edit etc/registry.xml to change the LDM queue size currently set at 2G
  5. edit compose.env to set UID and GID of user running container
  6. docker-compose up -d

Assuming you have permission to request data from (see example/etc/ldmd.conf), after a few moments you should see data. For example:



If you have a question or would like support for this LDM Docker container, consider submitting a GitHub issue. Alternatively, you may wish to start a discussion on the LDM Community mailing list:

For general LDM questions, please see the Unidata LDM page.