Vagrant and Docker provisioner

Well, I am recently playing with Vagrant after playing with Docker, and was trying to use them together (since I am forced to use a Windows machine at work and thought Vagrant would be better than booting up 4 Virtualbox machines together in order to test some crazy application setup my devious mind concocted)…

I read (some of) the documentation and figured it would be better to use docker provisioning (as opposed to provider) to keep things as similar as they were before (after all I was running docker inside a VBoxed Ubuntu). So I tried the example given in the docs, and created the following Vagrantfile, exactly as stated:

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
  config.vm.provision "docker" do |d| "rabbitmq"

and was greeted with the following error:

$ vagrant up
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'virtualbox' provider...
There are errors in the configuration of this machine. Please fix
the following errors and try again:

* A box must be specified.

Ok, nothing to write home about, I needed to specify a box. Since I had recently completed the getting started examples, I thought the sensible thing to do would be use the same machine used before, hence I change my Vagrantfile to:

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config| = "hashicorp/precise32"
  config.vm.provision "docker" do |d| "rabbitmq"

Just to be greeted with the following error:

==> default: Running provisioner: docker...
    default: Installing Docker (latest) onto machine...
The following SSH command responded with a non-zero exit status.
Vagrant assumes that this means the command failed!

apt-get install -y --force-yes -q xz-utils lxc-docker -o Dpkg::Options::='--force-confdef' -o Dpkg::Options::='--force-confold'

Stdout from the command:

Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...

Stderr from the command:

stdin: is not a tty
E: Unable to locate package lxc-docker

Well, that’s not good. After some head scratching, I kinda remembered that Docker was not available on the official repos of older Ubuntu versions and tried to replace the box hashicorp/precise32 with the more recent ubuntu/trusty32, just to get the same error on the my screen.

After a lot of cursing and reading sites about Docker and Vagrantfile, I went to the Docker Installation page ( and finally, at the Prerequisites section, one line caught my eye:

Docker requires a 64-bit installation regardless of your Ubuntu version.

So, not only I needed a 14.04 or newer Ubuntu version, but I also needed 64 bit! So I changed my Vagrantfile to:

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config| = "ubuntu/trusty64"

  config.vm.provision "docker" do |d| "rabbitmq"

And it all went smoothly.

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