Playing with docker on Fedora 20

To get familiar with docker I took a look to see what it would take to build and/or run various containers, it was surprisingly easy (all commands below were run as root)

Install/start and enable docker

yum install docker-io
systemctl start docker
systemctl enable docker

The instructions below go through creating 2 docker images (the first is based on busybox and the second is fedora), if you would just like to use one that has already been created you can download it from the docker registry and then just start using it.

docker pull fedora
docker images
docker run -t -i fedora:20 /bin/bash

If all you want to do is run this pre-built fedora image you can stop here.

On the other hand if you would like to get your hands dirty and create your own images then …
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Headless Raspberry Pi

I recently had to install pidora on my Raspberry Pi in headless mode over ssh, I couldn’t find it documented anywhere so here is what I had to do. These instructions were carried out on a Fedora 18 laptop on the same local network as the Pi.

The main problem with running in headless mode is that you can’t navigate through the firstboot application, and can’t resize the file system. If running with a keyboard and monitor attached you wouldn’t need to follow the process below.

1. Download the image from
2. insert your sd card and find its device name, I usually do this by tailing /var/log/messages when I insert the card
3. after checking for family photos on the card, unzip and write the image to the sdcard, Note: the device name of your sd card may differ from mine

$ unzip
inflating: pidora-18-r1c.img
extracting: pidora-18-r1c.img.md5sum
$ sudo dd if=pidora-18-r1c.img of=/dev/mmcblk0
3494306+0 records in
3494306+0 records out
1789084672 bytes (1.8 GB) copied, 1025.63 s, 1.7 MB/s

4. put the sd card into the Pi, connect it to the network and power it up.

5. Find the ipaddress of the Pi, there are a number of ways todo this, I just checked the dhcp leases on my local dhcp server

6. After waiting a minute or 2 ssh to the Pi with the username “root” and password “raspberrypi”, (the -X is important, we’ll need it in a minute)

$ ssh root@ -X

7. You should see that firstboot has started, run ps to find its PID’s and kill it, we’ll need to run it again in the next step…

[root@raspi ~]# ps -ef | grep -i firstboot
root 134 1 10 14:47 ? 00:00:12 python /usr/sbin/firstboot
root 233 134 1 14:47 ? 00:00:01 python /usr/sbin/firstboot
root 667 645 0 14:49 pts/0 00:00:00 grep –color=auto -i firstboot
[root@raspi ~]# kill 134 233

8. Now we can start it again, because we passed in -X to our ssh client, firstboot should be tunnelled over ssh to the local X server, if you don’t have a local X server running your going to have to start one (e.g. on windows maybe cygwin does this ?)

[root@raspi ~]# firstboot

run through the dialogue, after a reboot your done, You now have Fedora 18 running on your Raspberry Pi.

EDIT : I just stumbled across alternate instructions

Fedora 18 qcow2 image

Looking for a Fedora 18 qcow2 image to use on openstack? I’ve put one here. Cloud init is configured to set the ssh public key for the user “fedora” who has full sudo access.

Simply download the file and use glance add

$ glance -d add name="Fedora 18" disk_format=qcow2 container_format=bare is_public=true < f18-x86_64-openstack-sda.qcow2

If you’d prefer to build your own one, I’ve included the kickstart file simply download it and run the commands

$ yum install -y appliance-tools qemu-img # I did this on Fedora 17
$ appliance-creator --name f18-x86_64-openstack --format qcow2 --config=f18-x86_64-openstack.ks
$ qemu-img convert -f qcow2 -c -O qcow2 f18-x86_64-openstack/f18-x86_64-openstack-sda.qcow2 f18-x86_64-openstack-sda.qcow2

The details above are a slightly altered version of a Fedora 17 image provided by Daniel Berrange

Introducing OpenStack Packstack

Installing and deploying OpenStack is a tricky business and its not uncommon for people to get bogged down at the early stages, the task gets even more difficult when you try to do more then an all in one installation.

In order to help people with this task I have been working on a tool that is capable of installing openstack in a distributed environment using some of the most common configurations. Packstack can be used to transform Fedora 17/18, RHEL 6 or CentOS 6 servers into a functional Openstack Folsom deployment. The tool ssh’s onto each server and apply’s puppet manifests to set openstack up. Below I give a brief outline of how todo this on Fedora 17

I’ll be installing openstack on 2 servers
s1 : keystone, glance, nova controller, cinder, swift proxy
s2 : nova compute, swift storage

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Listing openstack keystone credentials

I often find myself trying to figure out what role and tenants certain users have on a keystone server and this for me usually comes down to running combinations of
keystone user-list
keystone tenant-list
keystone user-role-list

As an alternative I’ve put together a small script that list the relationship between users/tenants and roles in a table format

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