Container Maintainer Guidelines
In the Fedora world, the concept of being a Package Maintainer is well known as all the software currently released and published as an official "Build Artifact" of the Fedora Project for inclusion in the Fedora GNU/Linux distribution has always been packaged in RPM Package Manager Format.
However, as technology changes so must the Fedora Project. The concept of "containers" on Linux has become quite prominent and Fedora will be publishing container images as officially released Build Artifact. One thing to note is that containers images are not a new software packaging format but more so a delivery mechanism where many different things such be easily shipped as a single unit. An example of this is packages that can be combined to deliver an easily ran "software solution".
Below you will find Guidelines similar in nature to that of the Fedora Packaging Guidelines but catered towards the concept of Containers. Initially Fedora will be targeting the Docker container implemention but there are many and others will likely be incorporated in the future.
The Container Guidelines are a collection of common issues and the severity that should be placed on them. While these guidelines should not be ignored, they should also not be blindly followed. If you think that your container should be exempt from part of the Guidelines, please bring the issue to the Fedora Container Committee (Pending Existence). In the absence of a Fedora Container Committee, please seek guidance from the Fedora Cloud SIG.
Docker Containers (Dockerfile)
Dockerfiles have a concept of a LABEL which can add arbitrary metadata to an image as a key-value pair. Fedora Guidelines on the topic of LABELs follows the Project Atomic Container Application Generic Labels standards for LABEL definition.
Required LABELs for a Fedora Docker Image are as follows:
|BZComponent||The Bugzilla component name where bugs against this container should be reported by users.|
|Name||Name of the Image|
|Version||Version of the image|
|Release||Release Number for this version|
|Architecture||Architecture the software in the image should target (Optional: if omitted, it will be built for all supported Fedora Architectures)|
These LABELs should be defined in a single line of the Dockerfile such that they don't each lead to another layer in the build. The following is a very simple Dockerfile example containing the required LABELs:
A recommended pattern is to define these items as ENV variables such that they can be used elsewhere, also note the
$DISTTAG is defined just as it is for RPMs, but since Dockerfiles lack a mechanism similar to RPM Macros this is being stored in the base image such that it can be inherited by layered images.
By following the pattern below, we can define the container specific information in one place on the ENV line and have it be set properly in the LABEL line (again, noting the
$DISTTAG being used but never defined as these are inherited).
FROM fedora:25 MAINTAINER "Adam Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org> ENV NAME=myawesomecontainer VERSION=0.1 RELEASE=1 ARCH=x86_64 LABEL BZComponent="$NAME" \ Name="$FGC/$NAME" \ Version="$VERSION" \ Release="$RELEASE.$DISTTAG" \ Architecture="$ARCH"
CMD / ENTRYPOINT
Another item required is a CMD or ENTRYPOINT entry so that when an user were run perform the following command (for example), expected behavior occurs.:
docker run registry.fedoraproject.org/f25/myawesomecontainer
For more information on these entries, please reference the upstream Dockerfile documentation. The following is extending on the above example, showing a CMD directive.
FROM fedora:25 MAINTAINER "Adam Miller" <email@example.com> ENV NAME=myawesomecontainer VERSION=0.1 RELEASE=1 ARCH=x86_64 LABEL BZComponent="$NAME" \ Name="$FGC/$NAME" \ Version="$VERSION" \ Release="$RELEASE.$DISTTAG" \ Architecture="$ARCH" CMD printf "My Awesome Container!\n"
Dockerfiles in Fedora should not contain net new code. The meaning of this is that software should be packaged properly as RPMs and placed in the Fedora repositories, Dockerfiles are simply a deliver mechanism for pre-defined "ready to run" configurations. This can be achieved as an Atomic App or similar. Any content that is to accompany the Dockerfile must either be configuration files or startup/orchestration scripts. The goal of this is such that we follow the key points of the Fedora Release Engineering Philosophy.
Multi Container Services
Each container image should provide only one "service" and multi-container services should be handled by an external orchestration tool at the users discretion such as OpenShift Origin, kubernetes, deis, Docker Swarm, Docker Compose, DC/OS, Cloud Foundry, Apache Mesos, etc.
For suggestions, feedback, or to report issues with this page please contact the Fedora Cloud SIG.
See Talk:PackagingDrafts/Containers for discussion.