Docker-install of boulder server's /test/ hangs at "Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket"?

I’m working on automating my EC cert management, since it’s not currently available via certbot.

While testing scripts, I’ve been using the STAGING server.

Now, I keep hitting STAGING server’s RateLimits.

So I’m trying to installing a local boulder instance.

Since I’m doing this on a working server, I need to build/install with docker, hoping to isolate & avoid conflicts

Staring with current source

    git clone
    cd ./boulder
    git log | head
        commit 243832822a28e04e46dc26ab3554ac2062731cc6
        Author: Jacob Hoffman-Andrews <>
        Date:   Tue Aug 9 06:44:02 2016 -0700

            Remove transaction in updateCertStatus. (#2096)

            Formerly in expiration-mailer, when we wanted to set `lastNagSent` to `Now()`, we started a transaction, read the object, updated one field, wrote it back, and closed the transaction.

            This commit replaces the transaction and instead does a much simpler and more efficient `UPDATE certificateStatus SET lastNagSent = ? where serial = ?;`.

current go

    export GOPATH=$(which go)
    go --version
        go version go1.6.3 linux/amd64

hosts modified

    grep boulder /etc/hosts boulder boulder-rabbitmq boulder-mysql

on exec of setup


it eventually fails

     /bin/mkdir -p '/root/include/google/protobuf/compiler'
     /usr/bin/install -c -m 644  google/protobuf/compiler/code_generator.h google/protobuf/compiler/command_line_interface.h google/protobuf/compiler/importer.h google/protobuf/compiler/parser.h google/protobuf/compiler/plugin.h google/protobuf/compiler/plugin.pb.h '/root/include/google/protobuf/compiler'
     /bin/mkdir -p '/root/include/google/protobuf/io'
     /usr/bin/install -c -m 644  google/protobuf/io/coded_stream.h google/protobuf/io/gzip_stream.h google/protobuf/io/printer.h google/protobuf/io/strtod.h google/protobuf/io/tokenizer.h google/protobuf/io/zero_copy_stream.h google/protobuf/io/zero_copy_stream_impl.h google/protobuf/io/zero_copy_stream_impl_lite.h '/root/include/google/protobuf/io'
    make[3]: Leaving directory '/usr/local/src/boulder/protobuf-2.6.1/src'
    make[2]: Leaving directory '/usr/local/src/boulder/protobuf-2.6.1/src'
    make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/local/src/boulder/protobuf-2.6.1/src'

    # Create the database and roles
    ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/cache/mariadb/mariadb.sock' (2 "No such file or directory")
    ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/cache/mariadb/mariadb.sock' (2 "No such file or directory")

which appears to be referencing my local, !docker, sql config, “/etc/my.cnf”

    grep sock /etc/my.cnf
        socket = /var/cache/mariadb/mariadb.sock

How do I isolate the docker+boulder installer from my locally running environment ?

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