k0pernikus k0pernikus - 1 year ago 318
YAML Question

How to verify my docker-compose.yml?

I am setting up a container-dock, yet when trying to run

docker-compose up
I get a rather cryptic error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/local/bin/docker-compose", line 9, in <module>
load_entry_point('docker-compose==1.4.2', 'console_scripts', 'docker-compose')()
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/cli/main.py", line 39, in main
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/cli/docopt_command.py", line 21, in sys_dispatch
self.dispatch(sys.argv[1:], None)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/cli/command.py", line 27, in dispatch
super(Command, self).dispatch(*args, **kwargs)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/cli/docopt_command.py", line 24, in dispatch
self.perform_command(*self.parse(argv, global_options))
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/cli/command.py", line 57, in perform_command
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/cli/command.py", line 78, in get_project
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/compose/config.py", line 138, in load
for service_name, service_dict in list(dictionary.items()):
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'items'

How to debug? I have checked that the yml is valid, yet it doesn't work.

Answer Source

In my case, I simply forgot to save the docker-compose.yml, so it was empty. I stumbled across the solution in this issue about making the error message better which was describing the behavior.

One gets a nice message if no docker-compose.yml exists at all:

Can't find a suitable configuration file in this directory or any parent. Are you in the right directory?
Supported filenames: docker-compose.yml, docker-compose.yaml, fig.yml, fig.yaml

It was anounced on the docker-compose's issue list that there will be a nicer error message in the upcomming 1.5 release:

Top level object needs to be a dictionary. Check your .yml file that
you have defined a service at the top level.

As of version 1.7.1 the error message indicating that your file is empty reads:

ERROR: Top level object in './docker-compose.yml' needs to be an
object not '<type 'NoneType'>'.
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