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docs(readme): update readme

- update TOC
- update and fix 'pull images' section
- add 'signed images' section with CodeNotary information
- add 'healthcheck' section
Asif Bacchus 1 year ago
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@ -5,60 +5,91 @@ half the size of the official MariaDB container which runs on Ubuntu but still a
adding a few extra ;-) Note that this container is built against the Alpine EDGE repository for newer versions of
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- [Quick Start](#quick-start)
- [Pull the image](#pull-the-image)
- [Run the image](#run-the-image)
- [Create a database](#create-a-database)
- [Root password](#root-password)
- [User password](#user-password)
* [Pull the image](#pull-the-image)
+ [Signed images](#signed-images)
* [Run the image](#run-the-image)
* [Create a database](#create-a-database)
+ [Root password](#root-password)
+ [User password](#user-password)
- [Connecting as a client](#connecting-as-a-client)
- [Direct-to-Container](#direct-to-container)
- [Separate Container](#separate-container)
* [Direct-to-Container](#direct-to-container)
* [Separate Container](#separate-container)
- [Shell Access](#shell-access)
- [Checking Logs](#checking-logs)
- [Environment Variables](#environment-variables)
- [System-related](#system-related)
- [MariaDB configuration](#mariadb-configuration)
- [Database configuration](#database-configuration)
* [System-related](#system-related)
* [MariaDB configuration](#mariadb-configuration)
* [Database configuration](#database-configuration)
- [Root Account](#root-account)
- [Integrated-account](#integrated-account)
- [Root-at-any-host](#root-at-any-host)
* [Integrated-account](#integrated-account)
* [Root-at-any-host](#root-at-any-host)
- [Data Persistence](#data-persistence)
- [Data instantiation/import](#data-instantiationimport)
- [Existing DB (mysql directory)](#existing-db-mysql-directory)
- [Instantiation](#instantiation)
* [Existing DB (mysql directory)](#existing-db-mysql-directory)
* [Instantiation](#instantiation)
- [Custom Scripts](#custom-scripts)
- [Entrypoint Task Order](#entrypoint-task-order)
* [Entrypoint Task Order](#entrypoint-task-order)
- [Custom Configuration](#custom-configuration)
- [Command-line parameters](#command-line-parameters)
- [Configuration file(s)](#configuration-files)
* [Command-line parameters](#command-line-parameters)
* [Configuration file(s)](#configuration-files)
- [Database dumps](#database-dumps)
- [Healthcheck](#healthcheck)
- [Source](#source)
- [Final Thoughts](#final-thoughts)
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## Quick Start
### Pull the image
The latest images are on my private docker registry but, I also try to keep the ones on Dockerhub updated within a few
days. If you need signed containers, you will have to use my private registry. As such, you have two choices:
The latest images are on my private docker registry. I also try to keep the ones on Dockerhub updated within a few
# my private repo
docker pull asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:latest
# pull from my private repo
docker pull
# dockerhub
# pull from dockerhub
docker pull asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:latest
The examples in this document will refer to dockerhub, but know that anywhere you
see `asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:tag` you can use `` to use my
see `asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:tag` you can use `` to use my
registry instead.
#### Signed images
I have abandoned using Docker's signing mechanisms in favour of [CodeNotary]( Not only are they free, they offer several big advantages including avoiding Docker's weird and over-complicated key management system. The only drawback is that verifying images requires you downloading their [client software]( which is free to use and does not require an account for verifying images or anything else. On Linux, you can simply rename the downloaded file `vcn` and place it somewhere in your path like `/usr/local/bin`, make it executable and then you can verify this image. Here's an example, obviously you need to modify it for your environment:
# run commands as root
sudo -s
# download vcn to proper location
wget -O /usr/local/bin/vcn
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/vcn
# make sure it works
vcn --version
# verify container image
vcn authenticate docker://asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:latest
If you want to confirm the image is authentic before each run, you can do:
vcn verify docker://asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:latest && docker run ... docker://asifbacchus/ab-mariadb-alpine:latest
Since you are making verification a prerequisite to running the docker command (i.e. using `&&`), you can be sure that you are working with a verified and signed image.
You can get more information on installing the client software for different platforms [here](
### Run the image
The image has sensible defaults and can be run without setting many environment variables. In the example below, we will start MariaDB server and create an empty database called 'CompanyX', set a root password and create a user account for Jane Doe which has *full privileges* for the *CompanyX* database. Data will be stored in the named volume 'companyDB'.
@ -340,6 +371,12 @@ docker exec -it container_name /bin/sh -c 'exec mysql' < /local/path/mySQLdumps/
docker exec -it container_name /bin/sh -c 'exec mysql -uroot -p"SuPeR$ecurEP@$$w0rd"' < /local/path/mySQLdumps/filename.sql
## Healthcheck
Starting with internal version 2.0-10.6.4-r0, I've added a very basic healthcheck to the container. It simply checks that the mysqld daemon is running in the container and accepting connections. It **does NOT** check anything to do with the actual database. As such, you may want to override this with a more specific healthcheck for your particular use-case. If you just need to know MariaDB is actually running though, this healthcheck will work just fine.
If anyone has suggestions for a better healthcheck, PLEASE let me know!
## Source
The source for this container build (Dockerfile, are available on my [private git repo]( or on [GitHub]( Note that the newest versions will be on my repo and GitHub will be updated at most a few days later. Also, I'd prefer issues be filed on my repo, but I understand if GitHub is easier/more familiar for you.