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Docker Volume Plugin

Infinit's Docker volume plugin makes it easy to mount and manage Infinit volumes using Docker.



Schema of the Infinit Docker Volume Plugin

Run the daemon

As Docker runs as the root user, the /etc/fuse.conf file needs to be edited so that Infinit mounts can be accessed by containers. Using a text editor with root privileges, add user_allow_other to the file. This only needs to be done once. An example /etc/fuse.conf file follows:

# /etc/fuse.conf - Configuration file for Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE)

# Set the maximum number of FUSE mounts allowed to non-root users.
# The default is 1000.
#mount_max = 1000

# Allow non-root users to specify the allow_other or allow_root mount options.

The infinit daemon binary provides the Docker volume plugin. The binary can either be run in the background as a daemon (using start and stop) or in the foreground (using run).

In order to install the plugin, the daemon must be run as root using sudo. The user specified by the ‑‑as option is the Infinit user we wish to use and the user specified by ‑‑docker-user is the system user that we would like to use for Docker volume manipulations.

$> sudo infinit daemon run --as alice --docker-user alice
[sudo] password for alice:
[  infinit daemon  ] [main] started daemon

Once the daemon is running, you can use docker volume ls to see a list of your volumes.

$> docker volume ls
local               630e7037aeec2601d650dc012cd45d64d4210cf483164a493135b4ce082c5c57
local               bb3c6cd7e5badd09b9ae7fae2134485e0864f4b58350744c395ce5e24ed5da2f
infinit             alice/my-volume

Mount existing volumes in a container

Once the plugin is running, Infinit volumes can be mounted as shared-storage volumes.

$> docker run -it --rm --volume-driver infinit -v alice/my-volume:/path/to/mount alpine ash
/ # touch /path/to/mount/something

IMPORTANT: Ensure that you have run the volume and accessed it at least once with the ‑‑allow-root-creation flag.

Volume mount options

The options used to mount volumes are those set as the default in the volume descriptor. These can be configured on volume creation or using infinit volume update.

$> infinit volume update --name alice/my-volume --cache

To view the options that have been set, you can export the volume descriptor using infinit volume --export:

$> infinit volume export --name alice/my-volume

To disable options that are specified with a boolean, you can set them to false, no or 0:

$> infinit volume update --name alice/my-volume --cache=false
$> infinit volume export --name alice/my-volume