3. May 2022

Podman Debian apt-get update fails with “InRelease is not valid yet”

Podman 4.0.3 users on macOS might face the following strange error when building an image:

apt-get update
E: Release file for http://security.debian.org/debian-security/dists/bullseye-security/InRelease is not valid yet (invalid for another 3h 1min 9s). Updates for this repository will not be applied.
E: Release file for http://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/bullseye-updates/InRelease is not valid yet (invalid for another 7h 24min 41s). Updates for this repository will not be applied.

The problem is caused by the not synced clock in Podman VM. This might happen due to the hibernation of the notebook.

The quick fix of the problem is to restart Podman’s VM:

podman machine stop
podman machine start

31. March 2022

How to develop for ESP32-C3 with Rust on macOS with Podman using Dev Container in VS Code

Development in Dev Containers using VS Code greatly simplifies bootstrapping of the development environment. The developer does not need to install toolchains locally and spends a lot of time composing the development environment.

The default installation of VS Code is configured to work with Docker. It requires some small additional steps to switch to Podman.

Let’s begin with development using examples from Ferrous Systems training:

git clone https://github.com/ferrous-systems/espressif-trainings.git

Install Podman and check version:

brew install podman
podman --version

The version should be at least 4.0. If you have a previous version, consider an upgrade.

Following step might not be obvious to Docker users. Docker creates VM for managing containers in the background without asking the user. In the case of Podman, this is more versatile and you can define what kind of machine do you want to create. Here are a few options recommended for development, when you omit them you’ll get smaller defaults.

podman machine init --disk-size 20 --cpus 8 -m 4096 -v ${HOME}/espressif-trainings:${HOME}/espressif-trainings
podman machine start

Please, notice also -v option which mounts the development directory to Podman VM, without this mount you’ll get:

Error: statfs espressif-trainings: no such file or directory

Now the Podman VM should be ready and we can spin up containers. Go to the project directory and open Visual Studio Code:

cd ${HOME}/espressif-trainings
code .

It’s necessary to install one additional dependency for Podman: podman-compose

pip3 install podman-compose

It’s necessary to tell VS Code to use podman instead of docker commands. Go into Settings and search for keyword docker. Replace docker by podman and docker-compose by podman-compose.

VS Code is ready and click Reopen in Container.

Pulling the base image might take a while.

Open terminal and build the first ESP32-C3 example:

cd intro/hardware-check
cp cfg.toml.example cfg.toml
cargo build

Note: If VS Code is complaining about existing vscode volume, it’s possible to remove it by command

podman volume rm vscode

Note 2: If the remove is blocked by the existing terminated container, it’s possible to clean the reference by command

podman container prune

Flashing of the resulting file could be done by espflash and mounting device to Podman or using the tool like Adafruit WebSerial ESPTool. The file for flashing is located in the directory target/release.

21. February 2022

Podman: Could not open ‘edk2-aarch64-code.fd’

It’s possible to use brew to install Podman on Apple Silicon (M1). The installation gets slightly more complicated when the user wants to use Homebrew installed in user’s home directory.

Problem #1 – gvproxy


podman machine start


Error: unable to start host networking: "could not find \"gvproxy\" in one of ....

Solution: add path to Podman’s helper binaries stored in bin and libexec to ~/.config/containers/containers.conf


Problem #2 – edk2-aarch64-code.fd


podman machine start


INFO[0000] new connection from  to /tmp/podman/qemu_podman-machine-default.sock
Waiting for VM ...
qemu-system-aarch64: -drive file=edk2-aarch64-code.fd,if=pflash,format=raw,readonly=on: Could not open 'edk2-aarch64-code.fd': No such file or directory
Error: dial unix /tmp/podman/podman-machine-default_ready.sock: connect: connection refused
ERRO[0003] cannot receive packets from , disconnecting: cannot read size from socket: EOF
ERRO[0003] cannot read size from socket: EOF

Solution: Open file ~/.config/containers/podman/machine/qemu/podman-machine-default.json and change to /Users/USERNAME/brew/Cellar/qemu/6.2.0_1/share/qemu/edk2-aarch64-code.fd


After these changes Podman should start without problem.

21. September 2021

How to install Podman on Linux Mint 20

Podman binaries for Linux Mint / Ubuntu are hosted by OpenSuse.org.

You need to add the repository to /etc/source.list.d. Common instructions for Ubuntu might not work, because VERSION_ID for Mint is not the same as for Ubuntu.

Instructions for Linux Mint 20.2 from Ubuntu 20.04 repository:

export VERSION_ID="20.04"
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/kubic:/libcontainers:/stable/xUbuntu_${VERSION_ID}/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/devel:kubic:libcontainers:stable.list"
sudo wget -nv https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:kubic:libcontainers:stable/xUbuntu_${VERSION_ID}/Release.key -O- | apt-key add -
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y podman

Example of running container for IoT development:

If you’d like to develop for ESP32 chip connected to /dev/ttyUSB0 using C++ or Rust language, just start the container:

podman run --device /dev/ttyUSB0 -it docker.io/espressif/idf-rust-examples