failed to get D-Bus connection: Operation not permitted

trying to list services on my CentOS image running in Docker using

systemctl list-units  

but you get this error message:

Failed to get D-Bus connection: Operation not permitted

then you’re running a non-privileged container. systemd requires CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability but Docker drops that capability in the non privileged containers, in order to add more security.

systemd also requires RO access to the cgroup file system within a container. You can add it with –v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro

So, here a few steps on how to run CentOS with systemd inside a Docker container:

  1. Pull centos image
  2. Set up a docker file like the one below:
FROM centos
MAINTAINER "Yourname" <>
ENV container docker
RUN yum -y update; yum clean all
RUN yum -y install systemd; yum clean all; \
(cd /lib/systemd/system/; for i in *; do [ $i == systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service ] || rm -f $i; done); \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/*;\
rm -f /etc/systemd/system/*.wants/*;\
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/*; \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/*udev*; \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/*initctl*; \
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/*;\
rm -f /lib/systemd/system/*;
VOLUME [ "/sys/fs/cgroup" ]
CMD ["/usr/sbin/init"]
  1. Build it – docker build -t centos7-systemd - < mydockerfile
  2. Run a container with docker run --rm --privileged -ti -e container=docker -v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup centos7-systemd /usr/sbin/init
  3. You should have systemd in your container

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