Docker-only installation

It is possible to develop with dallinger using only docker as a prerequisite. This means you do not need to follow most of the steps detailed in the Installation instructions. Instead, you just need to install Docker, and create a .dallingerconfig file containing the information requested in the Installation instructions. Once these steps are complete, you can move forward following these instructions:

Set up services

Create the dallinger docker network (if not present already):

docker network create dallinger

Start services needed by dallinger:

docker run -d --name dallinger_redis --network=dallinger -v dallinger_redis:/data redis redis-server --appendonly yes
docker run -d --name dallinger_postgres --network=dallinger -e POSTGRES_USER=dallinger -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=dallinger -e POSTGRES_DB=dallinger -v dallinger_postgres:/var/lib/postgresql/data postgres:12

If you have these already created you can remove the existing ones and recreate them. To remove the existing ones run:

# Needed if you want to recreate containers
docker rm dallinger_redis
docker rm dallinger_postgres

or you can start the containers you have:

# Needed if you want to start stopped containers
docker start dallinger_redis dallinger_postgres

Start adminer:

docker run -d -p 8080:8080 --name dallinger_adminer --network dallinger --link dallinger_postgres:db adminer

Connect to adminer by visiting http://localhost:8080 Select PostgreSQL from the dropdown, and enter dallinger as both username and password. You can leave the “database” field blank to get a list of existing databases.

Run experiment from docker image

Enter the experiment directory:

cd /path/to/experiment-directory

Create a file named Dockerfile with these contents (replace image name in the FROM directive to match the dallinger version you depend on in your constraints.txt file):

# syntax = docker/dockerfile:1.2

RUN mkdir /experiment
COPY requirements.txt /experiment/requirements.txt
COPY constraints.txt /experiment/constraints.txt

WORKDIR /experiment

# Some experiments might only list dallinger as dependency
# If they do the grep command will exit non-0, the pip command will not run
# but the whole `RUN` group will succeed thanks to the last `true` invocation.
# We remove dallinger from the dependencies since it's already present in the base image
# and pip-installing it again might result in wasted time and space while pip
# looks for all its dependencies and potentially reinstalls already present packages.
RUN (grep -v ^dallinger requirements.txt > /tmp/requirements_no_dallinger.txt && \
    python3 -m pip install -r /tmp/requirements_no_dallinger.txt -c constraints.txt && \
    rm -rf /root/.cache) || true

COPY . /experiment

CMD dallinger_heroku_web

Build a docker image for the experiment using Buildkit:


Create an alias to start the development server with docker and run it:

alias dallinger-dev-server='docker run --name dallinger --rm -ti -u $(id -u ${USER}):$(id -g ${USER}) -v ${PWD}:/experiment --network dallinger -p 5000:5000 -e FLASK_OPTIONS='-h' -e REDIS_URL=redis://dallinger_redis:6379 -e DATABASE_URL=postgresql://dallinger:dallinger@dallinger_postgres/dallinger ${EXPERIMENT_IMAGE} dallinger develop debug'

You can now access the running dallinger instance on http://localhost:5000/dashboard The admin password can be found in the develop config.txt file:

grep dashboard_password ./develop/config.txt

Deploy the experiment image using ssh

We’re going to use variations of the same command, so we create an alias for convenience.

# On Linux you can use:
alias docker-dallinger='docker run --rm -ti -v /etc/group:/etc/group -v ~/.docker:/root/.docker -v ~/.local/share/dallinger/:/root/.local/share/dallinger/ -e HOME=/root -e DALLINGER_NO_EGG_BUILD=1 -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v $(readlink -f $SSH_AUTH_SOCK):/ssh-agent -e SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/ssh-agent -v ${PWD}:/experiment  ${EXPERIMENT_IMAGE} dallinger'

# On Mac Os you can use:
alias docker-dallinger='docker run --rm -ti -v /etc/group:/etc/group -v ~/.docker:/root/.docker -v ~/.local/share/dallinger/:/root/.local/share/dallinger/ -e HOME=/root -e DALLINGER_NO_EGG_BUILD=1 -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v  ~/.ssh:/root/.ssh -v ${PWD}:/experiment  ${EXPERIMENT_IMAGE} dallinger'

Then we can use the alias to run dallinger inside a container:

docker-dallinger docker-ssh servers list

Create a remote server with

docker-dallinger docker-ssh servers add --host <your-server-name-or-ip>

And deploy to it with

docker-dallinger docker-ssh deploy