Running Docker swarm mode on Scaleway

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I’m currently running a couple of tests with Docker swarm mode on Scaleway. For those who don’t know Scaleway, it’s a PaaS provider which is part of online.net. Due to capped maximum prices per month and no Ingress/egress prices it’s good for smaller projects.

But small prices often also mean a couple of limitations as well. In my case I wasn’t able to run Docker swarm mode properly. I tried running a stack with a couple of web servers and Traefik as Reverse Proxy, but for some reason this didn’t work. When running a Traefik container manually in Docker, everything worked fine. But as soon as I tried using it in swarm mode context, there was no connectivity. Dockers logs showed some strange errors similar to these:

Apr 14 20:39:40 <hostname> docker[15787]: time="2017-04-14T20:39:40Z" level=error msg="Failed to write to /proc/sys/net/ipv4/vs/conntrack: open /proc/sys/net/ipv4/vs/conntrack: nno such file or directory"
Apr 14 20:39:40 <hostname> docker[15787]: time="2017-04-14T20:39:40.154260407Z" level=error msg="Failed to add firewall mark rule in sbox ingress (ingress): reexec failed: exit status 8"
Apr 14 20:41:17 <hostname> docker[15787]: time="2017-04-14T20:41:17.432619182Z" level=error msg="Failed to delete real server for vip fwmark 259 in sbox ingress (ingress): no such process"
Apr 14 20:41:17 <hostname> docker[15787]: time="2017-04-14T20:41:17.432762944Z" level=error msg="Failed to delete service for vip fwmark 259 in sbox ingress (ingress): no such process"


As it turns out, the default boot script used for the Scaleway instances does not support IP_VS_NFCT. The initial support for it in the boot script was introduced some time in July 2016, but for some reason newer boot scripts do not support IP_VS_NFCT again. Without IP_VS_NFCT the overlay network of swarm mode doesn’t work properly.

Luckily I could also find a solution in the Github issues of Scaleway. The x86_64 4.4.70 std #1 boot script has IP_VS_NFCT-support enabled and can therefore flawlessly operate Docker in swarm mode.

If you don’t know where to find the boot script setting, here it is:

Scaleway boot script setting

You need to show the “Advanced Options” in the machine management screen to show it. After configuring another boot script, a reboot is necessary.

Then you should be able to run your Docker swarm mode without any further problems.


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