podman-auto-update man page

podman-auto-update — Auto update containers according to their auto-update policy


podman auto-update


podman auto-update looks up containers with a specified "io.containers.autoupdate" label (i.e., the auto-update policy).

If the label is present and set to "image", Podman reaches out to the corresponding registry to check if the image has been updated. An image is considered updated if the digest in the local storage is different than the one of the remote image. If an image must be updated, Podman pulls it down and restarts the systemd unit executing the container.

At container-creation time, Podman looks up the "PODMAN_SYSTEMD_UNIT" environment variables and stores it verbatim in the container's label. This variable is now set by all systemd units generated by podman-generate-systemd and is set to %n (i.e., the name of systemd unit starting the container). This data is then being used in the auto-update sequence to instruct systemd (via DBUS) to restart the unit and hence to restart the container.

Note that podman auto-update relies on systemd and requires a fully-qualified image reference (e.g., quay.io/podman/stable:latest) to be used to create the container. This enforcement is necessary to know which image to actually check and pull. If an image ID was used, Podman would not know which image to check/pull anymore.


# Start a container
$ podman run -d busybox:latest top

# Generate a systemd unit for this container
$ podman generate systemd --new --files bc219740a210455fa27deacc96d50a9e20516492f1417507c13ce1533dbdcd9d

# Load the new systemd unit and start it
$ mv ./container-bc219740a210455fa27deacc96d50a9e20516492f1417507c13ce1533dbdcd9d.service  /.config/systemd/user
$ systemctl --user daemon-reload
$ systemctl --user start container-bc219740a210455fa27deacc96d50a9e20516492f1417507c13ce1533dbdcd9d.service

# Auto-update the container
$ podman auto-update

See Also

podman(1), podman-generate-systemd(1), podman-run(1), systemd.unit(5)

Referenced By