I was working in a shell in KDE. I installed Docker as described here. To be able to run Docker commands, my username should be in the
docker group, so I added that. Now I need to logout and login out of my desktop environment for my username’s new group assignments to be picked up. Otherwise, running any Docker command throws this error:
$ docker images Got permission denied while trying to connect to the Docker daemon socket at unix:///var/run/docker.sock: Get http://%2Fvar%2Frun%2Fdocker.sock/v1.32/images/json: dial unix /var/run/docker.sock: connect: permission denied
We can see that our user’s new group assignment is not reflected in the shell by running this command:
You will find that the
docker group will not appear in the user’s group assignment, though the user has been already added to it. Creating a new shell or a child shell does not achieve what we want.
The only way to get the new group assignment is to logout and login from the desktop environment. The problem I have so many other GUI applications open in my desktop environment. I cannot afford to logout and login from my desktop environment, especially for a shell command to work!
So, what we want is a shell environment that is similar to what is presented when you login directly at a virtual terminal. Thankfully, we can do that by using the
- option of the su command, like this:
$ su - joe $ docker images It works!
Another alternative is to run a command with a specific group or GID:
$ sg docker -c "docker images"
Tried with: Docker 17.09 and Ubuntu 16.04