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Why shouldn't we use the Canasta image's repo?

The stack repo, regardless of which type you choose (Docker Compose, Kubernetes, etc.), will clone the appropriate Docker image, which is pre-built for your convenience and will be pulled when you first start up Canasta. The source code could technically be used to build the Docker image, but that is really not necessary; that would be like building your own binary from source code instead of just downloading the binary provided to you by the developers.

Why does Canasta use Apache instead of Nginx?

Canasta uses Apache because the Wikimedia Foundation uses Apache to run Wikipedia and its other projects. By sticking as close to the Wikimedia Foundation's technology stack as possible, we get the best chance at running MediaWiki without bugs and in a sustainably maintainable way.

Does Canasta have a version that uses Nginx instead of Apache?

At the moment, the base Canasta image does not offer an Nginx flavor. However, anyone is welcome to make a derivative image of Canasta (instructions to do this are on another page) and replace Apache with Nginx as desired.


On Ubuntu, docker-compose doesn't work because it says Docker isn't running.

If you are using Ubuntu, you need to add sudo before all docker and docker-compose commands.

After starting up my Canasta repo for the first time, I am getting a "Error 503 Backend fetch failed / Guru Meditation" error.

This is an error that Varnish returns. In this case, it is most likely because it cannot access the Canasta container (containing Apache, PHP, MediaWiki, etc.) Wait a few minutes for it to go away. If after 10 minutes it does not go away, try to restart your Canasta stack (docker-compose down && docker-compose up -d).

When accessing my Canasta instance, I am getting "SSL protocol error" in the browser or "sitemap permission denied" in the Canasta job queue logs.

This probably means your .env file doesn't exist. Use .env.example as a starting point and change things as necessary.

There is some issue with starting up the stack repo, as the database is complaining.

You may see an error message like this:

ERROR: for db Cannot start service db: OCI runtime create failed: container_linux.go:380: starting container process caused: process_linux.go:545: container init caused: rootfs_linux.go:76: mounting "/home/ubuntu/Canasta-DockerCompose/_initdb" to rootfs at "/docker-entrypoint-initdb.d" caused: mount through procfd: not a directory: unknown: Are you trying to mount a directory onto a file (or vice-versa)? Check if the specified host path exists and is the expected type

This probably means your _initdb directory either doesn't exist or you named your SQL dump _initdb rather than putting it into a directory called _initdb. Delete whatever you had, (re)create the _initdb directory, add your SQL dump into it, and delete all volumes created. Run docker volume ls and use docker volume rm to delete those volumes.

Why am I getting a database error after putting in a SQL dump in _initdb?

You likely initialized Canasta already by starting it with docker-compose up -d, then placed the SQL file in _initdb. Please delete your MySQL data volume and place the SQL file in _initdb before trying to start Canasta again. Run docker volume ls and use docker volume rm to delete those volumes.