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Recently I was trying to migrate from Docker to Podman, the main reason was the ability to build rootless images and run them rootlessly. yet for some unknown reason, the value of my environmental variable DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS is changed to something that podman does not expect.

See, podman expects the value of $DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS to be something similar to unix:path=/run/user/1000/bus while for some reason in my environment, the value is unix:path=/tmp/dbus-fOn17XkgGH,guid=a59ef8224d1e833a07d4a80665807bdb. You can verify it:


Say, you want to rootless build the following Containerfile:

FROM docker.io/library/fedora:latest

It will get built successfully, yet if it has anything that involves writing, it will fail. Consider you want to build the following Containerfile:

FROM docker.io/library/fedora:latest
RUN echo "Hello world!" > /hello.txt

If your environmental DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS has a value to something other than what podman is expecting, you’ll get a similar error:

error running container: from /usr/bin/crun creating container for [/bin/sh -c echo "Hello world!" > /hello.txt]: sd-bus call: Process org.freedesktop.systemd1 exited with status 1: Input/output error: exit status 1
ERRO[0020] did not get container create message from subprocess: EOF⋅
Error: building at STEP "RUN echo "Hello world!" > /hello.txt": while running runtime: exit status 1

To solve this, just give podman what it expects, by doing:

env DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/run/user/$(id -u)/bus podman build .

Great, now how to make it permanent? nobody wants to write that everytime he/she wants to build a rootless podman images. Easy, just make an alias in your shell rc fie. For example in BASH, you can do:

echo 'alias podman="env DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/run/user/$(id -u)/bus podman"' >> ~/.bashrc

Then reload it:

source ~/.bashrc

Now everytime you type podman, it will be replaced with env DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/run/user/$(id -u)/bus podman on the fly without you even knowing it. to verify it, type:

type -all podman

Happy linux-ing 😉

By DeaDSouL

A big fan of UNIX & Linux.. Who adores programming..

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