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Convert config files into docker commands

Project Description
# Wharf-Rat

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A simple tool to translate yml config files into docker commands.

## Install

`pip install wharfrat`

## Basics

Wharfrat is designed to help automate development workflows involving
docker containers. The idea is extended upon docker-compose, where you
lay out the details of your containers in a yaml file. With wharfrat, you
specify your containers details in a docker-compose.yml file, and then add
on wharfrat.yml. wharfrat.yml specifies the tasks that you want to run
using them. The idea is to support workflows like deploying a tagged
version of containers, running a command in a set of linked containers and
then committing the result to an image, or waiting for one container to
launch before launching the next one.

A task is a set of docker containers that are run together. The only
implemented scheme is a basic task command. This stands up a list of
dependent instances daemonized, and then launches one instance in the
foreground. When this instance exits it and all of the dependant containers
are cleaned up (docker rm -fv).

## Tasks

type: task
compose_file: sample-docker-compose.yml
primary: webapp
- redis
- mysql
- postgres
- celeryd

This creates a task with the name "test". The containers in primary and images
must be specified by name elsewhere in the file. Images are started with
`docker run -d ...`. The primary is run with `docker run --rm`.

## Instances

Instances are read from the yml file specified in the task definition.
Only the images listed in the task definition are run.

type: instance
image: busybox
- redis:redis
- mysql:mysql
- ENV=local
- .:/data
workdir: /data
entrypoint: python
command: test

This is an instance named "webapp". It uses the image "busybox". You can also
give it a command `build: mydir` which will cause it to run `docker build mydir`
and use the resultant image. If you specify a build command, you can also
specify a dockerfile command, witht the same argument as the -f argument to
docker build. If paths in the file are relative, they will be resolved relative
to the yml file, not the working directory (similar to Make)

## Running a task

`wharfrat -f <CONFIG_FILE.yml> run <MY_TASK>`

If you don't specify a config file, it will look for "wharfrat.yml" in the
current working directory. <MY_TASK> is the name of the task to run.

## Templates

You can use string format blocks in your values for container instances, and
specify defaults in your task definitions. For example-

type: task
primary: hello-world
- arg=hello
type: instance
image: busybox
command: "echo {arg} world"

Running this `wharfrat run test-task` will run `docker run busybox echo hello world`
It is important to use quotes around your strings if you are putting variables
in your yaml file- otherwise yaml may interpret your argument as a dict or
scalar which won't compile as you like. You can override template args on the
command line. `wharfrat run test-task arg=goodbye` will run `docker run busybox
goodbye world`.

# Develop

virtualenv -p python2.7 venv
source venv/bin/activate
python develop
python test

Alternatively, use Wharfrat to run the tests (requires local docker)...

virtualenv -p python2.7 venv
source venv/bin/activate
python develop
wharfrat run build

## Run docker on OSX

brew install docker
brew install boot2docker
boot2docker init
boot2docker up

(copy the three `export` commands that `boot2docker` outputs into your `~/.profile` or similar file)
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