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Docker builds for Planet4 on Google Container Registry

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This is a work in progress at creating a modular, re-usable Docker application architecture for the Greenpeace Planet 4 Wordpress application project.


./bin/ -rp
# or via Make

This triggers a Google Container Registry (GCR) build using the settings from config.default and pulls the resultant images.

Building locally versus remotely

# Build the Docker platform suite on your local machine
./bin/ -l

# Build the Docker platform suite on
./bin/ -r
# Perform a remote build, pull new images once complete, and show verbose build output
./bin/ -r -p -v
# or
./bin/ -rpv

Subset builds

Build order can be specified on a per-project basis by the inclusion of a build_order file in the root of that project. This is helpful in determining the correct build order for local or partial builds where projects have dependencies on parent images. Subset builds can significantly speed up container rebuilds if changes are made late in the dependency list.

There are two different methods of specifying a subset build - providing a list of images to build, or by providing a starting point and appending + to the starting image which will build that image and any following it in the build order.

For example, with a given build_order file such as:

  1. Specifically stating which containers to build:
# Perform a remote build of a small subset
./bin/ -r openresty wordpress

In this example, only the openresty and wordpress images are built.

  1. Building the dependency chain from a given start point:
# Performs a remote build of all images in the build_order file, starting at php-fpm:
./bin/ -r php-fpm+

In this example, the php-fpm wordpress p4-onbuild images are all built due to the trailing + on php-fpm

Updating build configuration variables

Containers can be modified at build time by build arguments ARG, or on container start with environment variables ENV.

To build containers with custom values, or to specify different default values, you can supply build-time command line arguments (see below) or make edits to a configuration file.

To rewrite platform variables without triggering a build, run without the -l or -r command line arguments:


This will update the local Dockerfile ENV variables such as OPENRESTY_VERSION or OPENSSL_VERSION, but does not send a GCR build request. Since this repository is monitored for commit changes, simply updating these variables and pushing the commit will submit a new build request automagically in the CI pipeline.

Customising the container build

See config.default for optional build configuration parameters. The easiest way to overwrite default parameters is to add new entries to a bash key value file, eg config.custom, then re-run the build with command line parameter like so: ./bin/ -c config.custom

Also note that not all defined variables are configurable on container start, for example changing OPENRESTY_VERSION won't have any effect at container start as it's a variable used to install the infrastructure instead of control application behaviour.

Variable resolution priority

  1. Config file custom values (optional)
  2. Environment variables (optional)
  3. Config file default values

Specify build time parameters from a configuration file:

echo "GOOGLE_PROJECT_ID=greenpeace-testing" >> config.custom
./bin/build -c config.custom

Using environment variables

# Build the whole docker suite on GCB:
./bin/ -r

# Build only a subset of the project, with a custom source branch,
# starting from wordpress and continuing down the dependency chain
GIT_REF=feature/example ./bin/ -r wordpress+

Cleaning old images

A garbage collection script is available which can automatically delete old images in Google Container Regsitry.

Trial run

You can test which images it would delete, without performing any changes to the registry, by setting the envionrment varible TRIAL_RUN to any truthy value, eg:

TRIAL_RUN=true ./bin/ 2017-10-01

Delete all ubuntu images in the planet-4-151612 project older than 1st October 2017

./bin/ 2017-10-01

Iterate over all images in a build order, deleting older than 1st March 2017

for i in $(cat src/planet-4-151612/build_order)
  ./bin/${i} 2017-04-01