[Vm-dev] How to create headless VM without some primitives?

Pierce Ng pierce at samadhiweb.com
Thu Apr 16 01:55:23 UTC 2020

On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 02:32:18PM -0500, Erik Stel wrote:
> If someone has some input/experience on using container technology to
> limit/sandbox the environment I'm happy to hear about it. Using the
> 'default' headless VM would be very beneficial wrt not having to maintain
> and build custom VM's.

The simplest is to run the VM with a dedicated non-root UID within the
container, and configure the in-container filesystem permissions to
allow said UID to write only to specific directories. 

My Dockerfile:

  FROM samadhiweb/pharovm:49c2617-alpine
  RUN addgroup -g 1099 pharoapp \
    && adduser -D -u 1099 -G pharoapp -h /home/pharoapp pharoapp
  WORKDIR /pkg/image
  COPY app.image app.image
  RUN chown -R pharoapp:pharoapp /pkg/image
  EXPOSE 8081
  USER pharoapp:pharoapp
  CMD /bin/runapp.sh


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