Trying out rkt v1.14.0 on Fedora 24

Few days back we had rkt v1.14.0 release from CoreOS. You can read details about the release in their official blog post. I decided to give it a try on a Fedora 24 box, I followed the official documentation. The first step was to download rkt, and acbuild tools.

To download, and install acbuild tool, I did the following: (Btw, as it was a cloud instance, I just moved the binaries to my sbin path)

$ wget
$ tar xzvf acbuild-v0.4.0.tar.gz
$ sudo mv acbuild-v0.4.0/* /usr/sbin/

Now for rkt, do the following.

$ wget
$ tar xzvf rkt-v1.14.0.tar.gz
$ cd rkt-v1.14.0
$ ./rkt help
$ sudo cp -r init/systemd/* /usr/lib/systemd/

Now I had to modify a path inside ./scripts/ file, at line 58 I wrote the following.

systemd-tmpfiles --create /usr/lib/systemd/tmpfiles.d/rkt.conf

Next step is to execute the script. This will create the required directories, and fix the permission issues. Before that I will also create a group, and add my current user to the group. Remember to logout, and login again for it.

$ sudo groupadd rkt
$ export WHOAMI=$(whoami); sudo gpasswd -a $WHOAMI rkt
$ sudo ./scripts/

rkt documentation suggests to disable SELinux for trying out, I tried to run it with SELinux in Enforcing mode, and then created local policy based on the errors. I have also opened a bug for the rawhide package.

# ausearch -c 'systemd' --raw | audit2allow -M localrktrawhide
# semodule -i localrktrawhide.pp

After all this we are finally in a state to start using rkt in the system.

The Try out document says to trust the signing key of etcd, I am going to do that, and then test by fetchin the image.

$ sudo ./rkt trust --prefix
$ ./rkt fetch
image: searching for app image
image: remote fetching from URL ""
image: keys already exist for prefix "", not fetching again
image: downloading signature from
Downloading signature: [=======================================] 490 B/490 B
Downloading ACI: [=============================================] 8.52 MB/8.52 MB
image: signature verified:
  CoreOS Application Signing Key <>

You can view the images, with a image list subcommand.

$ ./rkt image list
ID                      NAME                                    SIZE    IMPORT TIME     LAST USED
sha512-5f362df82594     162MiB  1 day ago       1 day ago
sha512-86450bda7ae9                 7.2MiB  15 hours ago    15 hours ago
sha512-7d28419b27d5                  31MiB   48 seconds ago  48 seconds ago

From here, you can just follow the getting started guide. I used the debug flag to see what is going on.

$ sudo ./rkt --insecure-options=image --debug run ../hello/hello-0.0.1-linux-amd64.aci                                
image: using image from local store for image name
image: using image from file ../hello/hello-0.0.1-linux-amd64.aci
stage0: Preparing stage1
stage0: Writing image manifest
stage0: Loading image sha512-86450bda7ae972c9507007bd7dc19a386011a8d865698547f31caba4898d1ebe
stage0: Writing image manifest
stage0: Writing pod manifest
stage0: Setting up stage1
stage0: Wrote filesystem to /var/lib/rkt/pods/run/d738b5e3-3fe9-4beb-ae5c-3e8f4153ee57
stage0: Pivoting to filesystem /var/lib/rkt/pods/run/d738b5e3-3fe9-4beb-ae5c-3e8f4153ee57
stage0: Execing /init
networking: loading networks from /etc/rkt/net.d
networking: loading network default with type ptp
Spawning container rkt-d738b5e3-3fe9-4beb-ae5c-3e8f4153ee57 on /var/lib/rkt/pods/run/d738b5e3-3fe9-4beb-ae5c-3e8f4153ee57/stage1/rootfs.
Press ^] three times within 1s to kill container.
Detected virtualization rkt.
Detected architecture x86-64.

Welcome to Linux!

Set hostname to <rkt-d738b5e3-3fe9-4beb-ae5c-3e8f4153ee57>.
[  OK  ] Listening on Journal Socket.
[  OK  ] Created slice system.slice.
         Starting Create /etc/passwd and /etc/group...
[  OK  ] Created slice system-prepare\x2dapp.slice.
[  OK  ] Started Pod shutdown.
[  OK  ] Started hello Reaper.
[  OK  ] Listening on Journal Socket (/dev/log).
         Starting Journal Service...
[  OK  ] Started Create /etc/passwd and /etc/group.
[  OK  ] Started Journal Service.
         Starting Prepare minimum environment for chrooted applications...
[  OK  ] Started Prepare minimum environment for chrooted applications.
[  OK  ] Started Application=hello
[  OK  ] Reached target rkt apps target.
[111534.724440] hello[5]: 2016/09/10 14:48:59 request from

While the above container was running, I tested it out from another terminal, and then stopped it.

$ ./rkt list
UUID            APP     IMAGE NAME              STATE   CREATED         STARTED         NETWORKS
865b862e        hello running 8 seconds ago   8 seconds ago   default:ip4=
$ curl
$ sudo ./rkt stop 865b862e

I hope this post will help you to try out rkt on a Fedora system. Feel free to comment if you have question, or ask over twitter.