nix-docker and docker volumes

nix-docker is a tool by Zef Hemel that allows you to provision your Docker images using Nix. If that sounds like a good idea, head over to Zef’s blog to read his post Declaratively Provision Docker Images Using Nix. He makes a compelling case.

Over the weekend I experimented a bit with nix-docker. One thing that took me a while to figure out is that if you want to mount a data volume, the mount point must exist on the image.

Zef’s Wordpress example uses a volume mounted at /data. It works, because the Apache service specification takes care of creating the directory. If you want to create the directory yourself, you can add a script to docker.buildScripts.

{ config, pkgs, ... }:
  docker.volumes = [ "/data" ];
  docker.buildScripts.createVolumeDirs = ''
    mkdir -p /data

This could be and should be abstracted away, but I’m very much a beginner with Nix. Or maybe nix-docker should take care of creating the directories.

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