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Let's touch on a few basics of docker

How to Copy a File from docker image to host

  1. Identify Container ID
    1. [root@usdet1lvdwb002 ~]# docker ps
      CONTAINER ID   IMAGE                      COMMAND                  CREATED        STATUS                 PORTS                                                                                    NAMES
      3feed178f975   portainer/portainer-ce     "/portainer"             4 months ago   Up 3 hours             8000/tcp, 0.0.0.0:9000->9000/tcp, :::9000->9000/tcp                                      portainer
      8fc045e68c72   librenms/librenms:latest   "/init"                  4 months ago   Up 3 hours             0.0.0.0:514->514/tcp, 0.0.0.0:514->514/udp, :::514->514/tcp, :::514->514/udp, 8000/tcp   librenms_syslogng
      5f2591912625   librenms/librenms:latest   "/init"                  4 months ago   Up 3 hours             514/tcp, 8000/tcp, 514/udp                                                               librenms_dispatcher
      768e90e4a2c8   librenms/librenms:latest   "/init"                  4 months ago   Up 3 hours             514/tcp, 514/udp, 0.0.0.0:8000->8000/tcp, :::8000->8000/tcp                              librenms
      2926209e5c1d   eff629089685               "docker-entrypoint.s…"   4 months ago   Up 3 hours             3306/tcp                                                                                 librenms_db
      51a9b6406a90   crazymax/msmtpd:latest     "/init"                  4 months ago   Up 3 hours (healthy)   2500/tcp                                                                                 librenms_msmtpd
      e17acb99488a   memcached:alpine           "docker-entrypoint.s…"   4 months ago   Up 3 hours             11211/tcp                                                                                librenms_memcached
      896721f9b451   redis:5.0-alpine           "docker-entrypoint.s…"   4 months ago   Up 3 hours             6379/tcp                                                                                 librenms_redis
  2. Copy file (librenms.sql) and this case its on the db container...  you only need to use part of the container ID
    1. docker cp 2926209:/librenms.sql

      It's that easy

How do I SSH into a running container

There is a docker exec command that can be used to connect to a container that is already running. 

  • Use docker ps to get the name of the existing container
  • Use the command docker exec -it <container name> /bin/bash to get a bash shell in the container
  • Generically, use docker exec -it <container name> <command> to execute whatever command you specify in the container.

How do I run a command in my container?

The proper way to run a command in a container is: docker-compose run <container name> <command>. For example, to get a shell into your web container you might run docker-compose run web /bin/bash

To run a series of commands, you must wrap them in a single command using a shell. For example: docker-compose run <name in yml> sh -c '<command 1> && <command 2> && <command 3>'

In some cases you may want to run a container that is not defined by a docker-compose.yml file, for example to test a new container configuration. Use docker run to start a new container with a given image: docker run -it <image name> <command>

The docker run command accepts command line options to specify volume mounts, environment variables, the working directory, and more.

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