Polyglot v2 and Docker – Success!

I can’t believe it was 6 months ago that I first tried (and failed) to get the Polyglot v2 server from Universal Devices running on Docker. Granted, the problem had a workaround (put it on a Raspberry Pi), so I ignored the problems and just let my Pi do the work.

But, well, I needed that Pi, so, this issue reared it’s ugly head again. Getting back into it, I remembered that the application kept getting stuck on this error message:

Auto Discovering ISY on local network.....

My presumption is that something about the auto-discovery did not like the Docker network, and promptly puked a bit. To try and get past that, I set the ISY_HOSTISY_PORT, and ISY_HTTPS environment variables in the docker-compose file. However, the portion of the code that skips the autodetection of the ISY host doesn’t look at the environment variables in docker: it looks for environment variables stored in the .env file in ~/.polyglot. In the docker environment using that particular docker compose file, i wasn’t able to make it work, because there’s no mounted volume.

The quick way out was to add this to the docker-compose.yml file:

  - /path/on/host:/root/.polyglot

and then, put a .env file on your host (/path/on/host/.env) and set your ISY_HOST, ISY_PORT, and ISY_HTTPS values in the .env file. It should skip the auto discovery.

Also, by default, the container wants to run in HTTPS (https://localhost:3000). Since i use SSL offloading, i turned that off (USE_HTTPS=false in the .env file)

Here are my new Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml files. Note a few differences:

  1. Based the build off of ubuntu/trusty instead of debian/stretch. You can use whatever you like there, although if you are using a different architecture, the link to download the binaries will have to change.
  2. Created a new directory on the host (/var/polyglot) and created a symbolic link from /root/.polyglot to /var/polyglot.
  3. Added a volume at /var/polyglot in the Dockerfile
  4. Mapped volumes on both the MongoDB service and the Polyglot service (/var/polyglot) to preserve data across compose up/down.
  5. My .env file looks like this






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