I installed Docker according to this manual and triggered the following command:

sudo chkconfig docker on

Everything works great, but when I reboot the system, Docker daemon is not running.

I also tried this command, but without success.

sudo systemctl enable docker

My OS is CentOS Linux release 7.1.1503 and Docker version 1.8.2

How do I ensure guaranteed start of Docker after a reboot??

  • What is the output of sudo systemctl start docker and sudo systemctl status docker? – Henrik Pingel Sep 23 '15 at 11:08
  • here is the output of sudo systemctl status docker after reboot: goo.gl/21bB2I. When I run sudo systemctl start docker, Docker normally works – jjaros Sep 23 '15 at 11:33

I solved my problem.

I had SocketGroup=docker configuration in /usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.socket file, but at Docker startup time a group docker did not exist because I manage my Linux identities (users, groups, etc) with FreeIPA and this starts after Docker.


Add this line to /etc/group file:


GID is a same number as is configured in FreeIPA for group docker.

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  • Docker by design does not use any 'external' NSS module and expects only users to exist in /etc/passwd and groups in /etc/group files. – abbra Sep 24 '15 at 5:37
  • my hero.... found this 3 days wondering through all the "overflow" sites and endless gitlab issues. and many many re-installations of docker engine. i have installed docker in the past year in many machines (on-prem and aws, windows, linux), this week, 3 machines have this exact same issue. 1 in aws (docker daemon starts fine before) and 2 on-prem machines with no docker installed. very weird. the os I was troubleshooting was ubuntu 18.04, docker installation step was followed exactly as recommend from the official docker web page. – pangyuteng May 7 at 1:13

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