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dotmesh: git for data

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Dotmesh is a git-like CLI for capturing, organizing and sharing application states.

In other words, it's a snapshotting tool for databases and other filesystem states.

The application states that dotmesh captures are stored in datadots.

It can capture the state of multiple databases, each one in a subdot, in a single atomic commit.

installing on docker (Mac or Ubuntu 16.04+)

Install the dotmesh client dm:

sudo curl -sSL -o /usr/local/bin/dm \$(uname -s)/dm

Make the client binary executable.

sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/dm

Then use the client to install dotmesh-server, assuming you have Docker installed and your user account has access to the Docker daemon.

dm cluster init
Checking suitable Docker is installed... yes, got 17.12.0-ce.
Checking dotmesh isn't running... done.
Pulling dotmesh-server docker image...

This will set up a single-instance cluster on your local machine.

Verify that the dm client can talk to the dotmesh-server:

dm version

If the installation fails, please report an issue. You can also experiment in our online learning environment. Thanks!

See the installation docs for more details, including installing dotmesh on Kubernetes.

getting started guide

Try our hosted tutorial!

Alternatively, try the hello Dotmesh on Docker guided tutorial.

what is a datadot?

A datadot allows you to capture your application's state and treat it like a git repo.

A simple example is to start a PostgreSQL container using a datadot called myapp:

docker run -d --volume-driver dm \
    -v myapp:/var/lib/postgresql/data --name postgres postgres:9.6.6

This creates a datadot called myapp, creates the writeable filesystem for the default master branch in that datadot, mounts the writeable filesystem for the master branch into /var/lib/postgresql/data in the postgres container, and starts the postgres container, like this:

myapp dot with master branch and postgres container's /data volume attached

First, switch to it, which, like cd'ing into a git repo, makes it the "current" dot -- the dot which later dm commands will operate on by default:

dm switch myapp

You can then see the dm list output:

dm list
* myapp    master  a1b2c3d  /postgres   40.82 MiB  0        40.82 MiB

The current branch is shown in the BRANCH column and the current dot is marked with a * in the dm list output.

what's next?


dotmesh (dm) is like git for your data volumes (databases, files etc) in Docker and Kubernetes




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