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Gramps Web droplet: docker-compose: not found

When I’m trying to spin up a Gramps Web (GW) droplet, I’ll connect to the droplet over the console to enter the domain I’m going to use. Then the first run shell script is supposed to finalize the spin up process. In approximately 50 % of my attempts I’ll be greeted by the error message “docker-compose: not found” and that’s it. The GW software will not be installed and since I cannot find any documentation describing the manual installation of GW, I’m forced to destroy the droplet completely and to start over again.

Can anybody propose a solution for this problem?


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Bobby Iliev
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January 11, 2023
Accepted Answer

Hi there,

What you need to do is to wait about 10 minutes or so before you SSH into the Droplet. The way that the 1-Click image has been set up is to install the latest docker-compose version after the server has been created so it takes a while.

What I would suggest is:

  • Create a new server
  • Give it 10-15 minutes for all packages to be installed
  • SSH to the Droplet and follow the instructions as normal

If you don’t want to re-create your Droplet, you could:

  • SSH to the existing server
  • Then run the setup script again:
/opt/grampsweb/firstlogin.py
  • After that start services using docker-compose:
(cd /opt/grampsweb && docker-compose pull && docker-compose stop && docker-compose up --remove-orphans -d)

If you believe that this is a bug, you could submit an issue on their official GitHub repo:

https://github.com/gramps-project/Gramps.js/issues

Let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

Bobby