Many softwares use alpine as their run-time base image.

Recently I set up a docker registry with portus as its front. But I came up with a problem that, registry won’t post date: 2017-12-06 title: alpine-DNS-problem

Firstly I thought it was a bug of docker resigtry, but as I’m digging into its code, I found that it’s actruely a bug of alpine linux. Alpine linux doesn’t have an /etc/nsswitch.conf config file.

So, I have to add an extra config file to alpine.

hosts:	files dns

Mount your host OS’ /etc/nsswitch.conf to the container or build a new alpine image with this config file in it:

FROM alpine:latest
RUN echo "hosts:	files dns" > /etc/nsswitch.conf
... other parts...

Wiki of nsswitch.conf: man nsswitch.conf

Tools I used to dig the bug:

  • ngrep: sudo ngrep -q
  • golang:alpine: docker run --rm -ti -v $(pwd):/go golang:alpine go run /go/main.go
  • docker: docker run --rm -ti alpine nc -lkp 8083
  • nc: nc -lkp 8083
  • dnsmasq: local DNS server
  • the best IDE of the whole universe: VS Code

  • main.go:

    package main
    import (
    func main() {
    	c := http.DefaultClient
    	resp, err := c.Post("", "X", nil)
    	if err != nil {
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