Running systemd inside a docker container (arch linux)

Michael Neale asked:

I am trying to see if I can run systemd inside a docker container (which is running arch linux in the container).

I start docker with all capabilities, and bind mount in cgroups:

docker run -it --rm --privileged -v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro ..

however, if I try to run the systemd binary:

Trying to run as user instance, but the system has not been booted with systemd.

Trying to find out how to init things correctly to systemd starts.

My answer:


To run systemd in a Docker container, the host system must also run systemd. This means you cannot use Ubuntu as the host. At this time the only host distributions I know of that work are Fedora (which, unlike Ubuntu, has the latest version of Docker) or RHEL 7.


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