[Chicago-talk] When to Dockerize a perl program

Richard Reina richard at rushlogistics.com
Mon Sep 5 06:58:09 PDT 2022

> On Sep 4, 2022, at 6:19 PM, Alan Mead <amead at alanmead.org> wrote:
> I was curious to see what responses you got. The little I understand about docker, it makes it easier for a sysadmin to deploy your application because you have set up the environment that you need. From that, I assume that Docker is great for sysadmins but maybe not all that compelling for the private use of programmers unless it solves a problem for you.
Yes and I am also the system admin. Accordingly, if turning my app into an image is something that could allow me to get it up and running on a machine with no compromises in five minutes as opposed to a couple of hours I would seriously consider it, especially if making a Docker image does not require a great deal of work. Right now I only have to occasionally, once a year or so, install in on a machine in my office so it not too much hassle— but five minutes vs. a couple hours is worth considering.

> I am surprised that your script takes two hours to run. Does that include some long compilations?
The program does not require two hours it only takes about 20 minutes and most of that time it’s downloading and installing packages and perk modules. The rest of the time is me mucking with the machine to get everything working right— my install script only does about 90% of the work.
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