Minikube ImagePullBackOff – Local Docker Image

Background Context

Earlier today I was beginning to port our Presto cluster into kubernetes.  So, the first thing I did was containerize Presto and try to run it in a kubernetes deployment in minikube (locally).

I’m fairly new to minikube.  So far, I’m running it with vm-driver=None so that it uses the local docker instance rather than a virtualbox VM/etc.

The Error

So, I got my docker image building well and tested it within docker itself.  That all worked great.  Then I wrote my kubernetes deployment and ran it using the image… but unfortunately, it came up with the pod saying Error: ImagePullBackOff.

I went down a rabbit hole for a while after this because many posts talk about how to enable your minikube to have access to your local docker repo.   But when you’re running vm-driver=None, you are literally running in your local docker – so it should already have access to everything.

The actual error is: “Failed to pull image “qaas-presto:latest”: rpc error: code = Unknown desc = Error response from daemon: pull access denied for qaas-presto, repository does not exist or may require ‘docker login’: denied: requested access to the resource is denied”.

So, the issue is that it’s trying to do a pull and it can’t find the image… but it shouldn’t need to pull because the image already exists locally as it was built locally.


I found the workaround in this github entry: Basically, in your deployment/pod spec/whatever, you just set:

imagePullPolicy: Never

This makes it avoid trying to pull the image, so it never fails to find it.  It just assumes it is present, which it is, and it uses it and moves on.  You may not necessarily want to deploy your config to production with these settings, but you can always template them out with helm or something, so it’s a viable workaround.



Install PGAdmin Server With Docker

You can get PGAdmin 4 running in server mode with docker very easily.  Using this command will set up the server, set it to always restart in response to reboots or errors, and it will ensure that its data (users, config) is persisted between container runs.

docker pull dpage/pgadmin4

docker run -p 80:80 \
    --name pgadmin \
    --restart always \
    -v "/opt/pgadmin4/data:/var/lib/pgadmin" \
    -v "/opt/pgadmin4/config/servers.json:/servers.json" \
    -e "" \
    -d dpage/pgadmin4

You can run this command afterward to see the details and confirm the restart policy as well if you like:

docker inspect pgadmin


JupyterHub or JupyterLab – Back Up All User Docker Container Files

If, like me, you deployed the JupyerHub docker spawner without persistent volumes and then ended up with tons of users having tons of content to lose, this may help you.

This short bash script will list all containers and then copy out their contents and zip it up to save space.


mkdir -p ~/notebook-backup
cd ~/notebook-backup

CONTAINERS=`docker container ls | grep -v PORTS | awk '{print $14}'`
  echo "Copying out files for ${NAME}; this may take a minute."
  docker cp ${NAME}:/home/notebook ./${NAME}

  echo "Zipping files for ${NAME}."
  tar -zcvf ${NAME}.tar.gz ${NAME}

  echo "Removing source files for ${NAME}."
  rm -rf ./${NAME}


Terraform on Docker – Run Using Current Directory as Volume

Quick Tip

You can use the following command to run a terraform apply using the current directory as the volume. This is great if you, say, do a git checkout of your repository and want to just run the terraform files from the checkout folder.

docker run -it -v $(pwd):/workpace -w /workpace hashicorp/terraform:light apply


Shut Down All Docker Containers Based on Internal Analysis – JupyterHub Example

I manage a few decent sized Jupyter Hub environments based on the docker spawner.  Each frequently has more than 50 users, sometimes much more…. and recently, one of the servers ran out of memory.

I have some read-only notebooks inside the user containers… so I figured that if a user only had those read only notebooks, I could shut down their docker containers.  They weren’t doing any work that could be lost.

So, I wrote this script to:

  1. List all docker containers.
  2. Get their names.
  3. Exec a bash command in them.
  4. Shut them down based on the result.

I hope it helps you with a similar docker-related issue! 🙂

CONTAINERS=`docker container ls | awk '{print $14}'`
  #echo $name
  COUNT=`docker exec ${NAME} ls -a | grep .ipynb | grep -v checkpoints | wc -l`
  if [[ $COUNT = 1 ]];
    echo "Stopping $NAME with COUNT = $COUNT."
    docker container stop $NAME;