Monday, 22 May 2017

Remove Docker overlays and images

To remove all the images and their overlays:

sudo docker rmi `docker images -aq`

If there are any remaining overlays in /var/lib/docker/overlay can we just delete these?

Try to prune docker:

 sudo docker system prune -a -f

Allowing docker write access to volumes mounted on NFS

My development machine (mydev) mounts several directories which are on an NFS mounted filesystem

When I run docker I wish to be able to access and write to the NFS filesystem.

The following is a brief technique:

Inside the dockerfile:

RUN useradd -m -d /home/mydocker mydocker; echo 'usermod -u $HOST_UID mydocker' >> ~/.bash_profile

# what order does this run in?
ENTRYPOINT source /root/.bash_profile && su - mydocker && /bin/bash

If I we to run docker with:

[me@mydev]$ sudo docker -i run -e"HOST_UID=`id -u`" -v /some/nfs/drive:/var/local/drive -t /bin/bash

Then mydocker will have the same uid as the user I ran the sudo with and should be able to access the NFS drive in the same was as the native user (me).

Monday, 6 February 2017

Git: decide that the changes I have made require a new branch

Okay, so I have cloned my repo and started working on a bug fix / feature.  When I come to wanting to commit the feature figure that I need to create  a feature branch.

So I can create and switch branch by:

git checkout [feature branch name]

git status # this will show the branch that my local sandbox is not pointing to)

git commit -m"my message" [my files]

git push origin [feature branch name]

Friday, 3 February 2017

Transfer svn repos to git

(based on the experience of following: )

required: yum install wget git java git-svn

In the svn repos get the URL of the repository:

: svn info

Get the ids of all users who have committed work to the repository:

svn log --quiet | grep "^r" | awk '{print $3}' | sort | uniq

on the 'transfer machine' setup ssh access /access to your svn repos. For example if using ssh auth create a local user


then create ssh keys for that user:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

and copy the file onto the svn server and cat  >> authorised_keys file

su -

cd ~/home/

download the transfer script:


The migrations:

Test the you have the libs and if not install / upgrade

java -jar ~/svn-migration-scripts.jar verify

if all okay

generate an authors file. I hand crafted mine:

jb1 = Joe Bloggs < >

Then clone the repo (we used the standard trunk / branches/ tags layout):

git svn clone --stdlayout --authors-file=authors.txt svn+ssh:// [your git repo name]

then see what there is totidy up:

cd [your git repo name ]

java -Dfile.encoding=utf-8 -jar ~/svn-migration-scripts.jar clean-git

java -Dfile.encoding=utf-8 -jar ~/svn-migration-scripts.jar clean-git --force

when happy create the repo on bitbucket (if not already)

prepare to send:

git remote add origin https://[git user][gitowner]/[your git repo name].git

git push -u origin --all

bish bash!


For some reason your svn repo does not have tags or branches dirctories. The script will complain eg:

in [your git repo name]/.git/config

add to the section
[svn-remote "svn"]
    branches =
    tags =  

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

sails mocha: Running specific tests in mocha

To avoid running the entire test suite (when writing the tests), you can choose to only run specific tests based on a matching regular expresssion eg:

given snippet of packages file:

    "test": "PORT=9998 NODE_ENV=test mocha -R spec -b --recursive"


npm test --  --grep ManageSessions

will run any of the tests with a describe title matching *ManageSessions*

Monday, 16 January 2017

Windows docker running out of disk space

By default when installing Docker for windows the docker images file will be installed in the path configured in the Hyper-V manager, which for me happened to be in C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Hyper-V.

To move the image file you need to:

  1. Stop Docker.
  2. Move the images file (MobyLinuxVM.xhdx) to the location you wish for Hyper-V to store the image
  3. Open Hyper-v and in the setting change the default location to save this image
  4. Uninstall and then re-install docker


Friday, 13 January 2017