Troubleshoot Docker Trusted Registry

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These are the docs for DTR version 2.3.4

To select a different version, use the selector below.

This guide contains tips and tricks for troubleshooting DTR problems.

Troubleshoot overlay networks

High availability in DTR depends on having overlay networking working in UCP. One way to test if overlay networks are working correctly you can deploy containers in different nodes, that are attached to the same overlay network and see if they can ping one another.

Use SSH to log into a UCP node, and run:

docker run -it --rm \
  --net dtr-ol --name overlay-test1 \
  --entrypoint sh docker/dtr

Then use SSH to log into another UCP node and run:

docker run -it --rm \
  --net dtr-ol --name overlay-test2 \
  --entrypoint ping docker/dtr -c 3 overlay-test1

If the second command succeeds, it means that overlay networking is working correctly.

You can run this test with any overlay network, and any Docker image that has sh and ping.

Access RethinkDB directly

DTR uses RethinkDB for persisting data and replicating it across replicas. It might be helpful to connect directly to the RethinkDB instance running on a DTR replica to check the DTR internal state.

Warning: Modifying RethinkDB directly is not supported and may cause problems.

Use SSH to log into a node that is running a DTR replica, and run the following commands:

# REPLICA_ID will be the replica ID for the current node.
REPLICA_ID=$(docker ps -lf name='^/dtr-rethinkdb-.{12}$' --format '{{.Names}}' | cut -d- -f3)
# This command will start a RethinkDB client attached to the database
# on the current node.
docker run -it --rm \
  --net dtr-ol \
  -v dtr-ca-$REPLICA_ID:/ca dockerhubenterprise/rethinkcli:v2.2.0 \

This container connects to the local DTR replica and launches a RethinkDB client that can be used to inspect the contents of the DB. RethinkDB stores data in different databases that contain multiple tables. The rethinkcli tool launches an interactive prompt where you can run RethinkDB queries such as:

# List all the DBs in RethinkDB
> r.dbList()
[ 'dtr2',
  'rethinkdb' ]

# List the tables in the dtr2 db
> r.db('dtr2').tableList()
[ 'client_tokens',
  'tags' ]
# List the entries in the repositories table
> r.db('dtr2').table('repositories')
[ { id: '19f1240a-08d8-4979-a898-6b0b5b2338d8',
    name: 'my-test-repo',
    namespaceAccountID: '924bf131-6213-43fa-a5ed-d73c7ccf392e',
    pk: 'cf5e8bf1197e281c747f27e203e42e22721d5c0870b06dfb1060ad0970e99ada',
    visibility: 'public' },

# List problems detected within the rethinkdb cluster
> r.db("rethinkdb").table("current_issues")

Indvidual DBs and tables are a private implementation detail and may change in DTR from version to version, but you can always use dbList() and tableList() to explore the contents and data structure.

Learn more about RethinkDB queries.

Recover from an unhealthy replica

When a DTR replica is unhealthy or down, the DTR web UI displays a warning:

Warning: The following replicas are unhealthy: 59e4e9b0a254; Reasons: Replica reported health too long ago: 2017-02-18T01:11:20Z; Replicas 000000000000, 563f02aba617 are still healthy.

To fix this, you should remove the unhealthy replica from the DTR cluster, and join a new one. Start by running:

docker run -it --rm \
  docker/dtr:2.3.4 remove \

And then:

docker run -it --rm \
  docker/dtr:2.3.4 join \
  --ucp-node <ucp-node-name> \
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