[SOLVED] Docker does not mount volume as current user


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I have a website that I’m trying to run inside Docker container. To avoid file permission errors, I change the ID of user www-data to match my user id on host. This setup worked for me, but after some time it stopped working, and I cannot find reason why.

FROM php:7.4-fpm


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RUN usermod -u $HOST_UID www-data
RUN groupmod -g $HOST_UID www-data

Then I build container with:

docker compose build --build-arg HOST_UID=$(id -u)

All files on host belong to my user:

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After starting container, I can see that ID is changed:

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However, inside container they belong to root:

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Could this be because docker daemon runs as root and mounts the volume as such?


You should use the -u flag for docker compose run.

Here an example:


mkdir mihai
touch mihai/test.txt


version: '3'

    image: "alpine:latest"
      - "./mihai:/mihai"

Run normal

docker compose run test ls -l /mihai

gives output:

total 0
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root             0 Sep 18 11:39 test.txt

Run as user:

docker compose run -u "$(id -u):$(id -g)" test ls -l /mihai

gives output:

total 0
-rw-r--r--    1 501      dialout          0 Sep 18 11:39 test.txt

If you use a custom image where you actually declare user and group then you will see a nicer output than 501 and dialout.

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