Dockerized Ubuntu mirror via nginx proxy

Recently one of my older servers died and I decided to move its data and services to other, newer systems and get rid of the old power hungry hardware. One those services was my local Ubuntu mirror for all the other servers in that colo. Accelerating package updates is nice, but storing hundreds of GB data that is rarely if ever used isn’t. Better replace it with a small reverse proxy, basically mirroring those mirrors I regularly use and save only the stuff that’s actually requested…

Squid seems a bit much and way too complex for this, Varnish works but would need another small webserver besides it if I want to serve some local files (for example misc. ISO images) as well, so… let’s go with nginx. A very lightweight and fast http server and proxy in one package. And let’s run it as a docker service so I can quickly deploy it wherever I want in the future by copying just two files:


And the mirror.conf with the nginx configuration:

Adjust to your liking – this currently works for me.

phpMyAdmin root login vs. MariaDB

So I just installed a new Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial box with MariaDB 10.0 and phpMyAdmin but for some reason just can’t login as root user via phpMyAdmin, although it works via the shell. Turn’s out MariaDB enabled the unix_socket plugin-in for the root user, preventing phpMyAdmin from working out of the box like it does with native MySQL. So much for drop-in replacement – figuring that one out was quite frustrating…

Here’s how you disable it: