Changing the Docker daemon options in systemd on Ubuntu 15.04

Update: now documenting the better way, as described in issue 14513.

On earlier versions of Ubuntu (14.04 and before), changing the command line options to the Docker daemon (e.g. to allow using an insecure private registry) was just a matter of editing /etc/default/docker and uncommenting the line starting with #DOCKER_OPTS=.

On Ubuntu 15.04, even though that file still exists, editing it does not have any effect, and I found it quite tricky to work out how to change Docker’s command line, so I wrote it up here.

I wanted to use an insecure private docker registry for Docker on Ubuntu 15.04, which uses systemd.

Under systemd, we must create a config file that overrides the default Docker command line by typing sudo systemctl edit docker. In the editor which pops up, type:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker -d -H fd://

Note: the first “ExecStart=” line is necessary.

The second “ExecStart=” line should contain whatever command line options you want to include.

With this config in place, restart the Docker service:

$ sudo systemctl restart docker

Check everything looks right for the Docker service:

$ systemctl status docker

And confirm the command line arguments have been applied with:

$ ps axwww | grep /usr/bin/docker

The instructions here: Control and configure Docker with systemd and issues: 14513 and 15859 suggest that the Docker team are not planning to make this any easier in the short term.

Docker fails to start on Ubuntu 15.04

I installed Docker on Ubuntu 15.04 using:

wget -qO- | sh

as described at Install Docker on Ubuntu.

I added myself to the docker group:

sudo usermod -aG docker balaaman

Then I logged out and logged in again, and ran:

docker run hello-world

and saw this:

Cannot connect to the Docker daemon. Is 'docker -d' running on this host?

When I tried to start the Docker daemon like this:

sudo service docker start

I got this error:

Failed to start docker.service: Unit docker.service is masked.

Thanks to Yannick Lizzi on this thread I found this fix:

systemctl unmask docker.service
systemctl unmask docker.socket
systemctl start docker.service

After this, “docker run hello-world” worked fine, and all was well.

Preventing Audacity from crashing when using PulseAudio

I found that Audacity would crash whenever the Playback Device in the Devices section of Preferences was set to “pulse” or “default”.

This can be fixed by launching Audacity like this:

Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=100 audacity

I fixed it “permanently” by modifying my Audacity launcher file, which is in /usr/share/applications/audacity.desktop.

I changed the line starting “Exec=” to:

Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=100 audacity %F

More info is on the Audacity forum.