The right way to keep docker container started when it used for periodic tasks
You do not need to perform each time
docker run is actually a sequence of two commands: "create" and "start".
When you run the container, you must specify the "
-i, --interactive=false Keep STDIN open even if not attached
-t, --tty=false Allocate a pseudo-TTY
docker run -it debian:stable bash
After the work was completed command specified at startup (in my example bash). For example, you perform the "exit". Container stops:
CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES 1329c99a831b debian:stable "bash" 51 seconds ago Exited (0) 1 seconds ago goofy_bardeen
Now you can start it again
docker start 1329c99a831b
The container is started and again executes the command "bash".
Connect to this session "bash" with the command
docker attach 1329c99a831b
To sum up: you have to understand the difference between the
Besides, look at the documentation for the role of parameters "
-i t" and "
-d" for the "Run"
Since you mentioned periodic tasks and you are probably using something like cron because of the way you want to use
docker exec, I have just the medicine for you. At least I ended up doing something like this.
FROM <some base> CMD tail -f /dev/null
Run with the usual
docker run -d ....(I used
Setup host machines crontab, for example:
* * * * * docker exec mysupercont foo >> /var/log/foo.log 2>&1 * * * * * docker exec mysupercont bar >> /var/log/bar.log 2>&1
I find this solution nice as we get to rely on the ancient and proven crontab in a pretty default linux environment, while Docker handles your business logic's more exotic deps and environment variables. You can also set some limits if your periodic tasks get stuck & have memory leaks or whatever.
This whole business of whether or not you can start a stopped container, is dependant on how the container was originally created, i.e. run. If you ran a command that ended, or you exit an interactive command, e.g. bash, you can't start, restart or exec the stopped container. All you can do is remove it. It's junk.
But taranaki's last comment, use '-itd', seems to be what the docker ordered.
The container keeps running, and you can exec whatever you want, and you can stop, start or restart the container. Of course, this is just a preliminary finding based on the alpine image. Note, if you attach to the container, it will stop when you exit, but you can start it again.
Tail will still causes some file operations from time to time.
Sleep Forever, without any side effects
# Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive... while true; do :; done & kill -STOP $! && wait $!
How it works
while true; # Run an endless loop, do :; # of do nothing, done & # as background task. kill -STOP $! # Stop the background task. wait $! # Wait forever, because background task process has been stopped.