I ran docker run busybox a few times with success.

docker run busybox echo "hello from busybox"


hello from busybox

docker ps -a shows the following:

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                         PORTS               NAMES
59be6eaee13e        busybox             "echo 'hello from bu…"   2 minutes ago       Exited (0) 2 minutes ago                           lucid_ride
2d1a63cfd696        busybox             "echo 'hello from bu…"   4 minutes ago       Exited (0) 4 minutes ago                           quizzical_engelbart
69804c9b7db5        busybox             "echo 'hello from bu…"   49 minutes ago      Exited (0) 49 minutes ago                          focused_clarke
65c371540c5d        busybox             "echo 'hello from bu…"   59 minutes ago      Exited (0) 59 minutes ago                          charming_merkle
2fc6bd074048        busybox             "sh"                     About an hour ago   Exited (0) About an hour ago                       nice_noyce

Trying to use either docker run or docker exec with the name in the Names column instead of the imange name busyboxy.

docker run lucid_ride echo "hello from lucid_ride"


docker: Error response from daemon: pull access denied for lucid_ride, repository does not exist...

Using exec:

docker exec -it lucid_ride echo "hello from lucid_ride" 


Error response from daemon: Container 59be6eaee13e4089a5abcccee7fa4778f8b76332e15a0dc2f698057c0368f95f is not running

So, I can run docker run busybox all day and have instances show up in the results of the docker ps -a. But, when I try to use any of the names in the Names column (either with exec or run) it doesn't work. Why is this? Thank you.

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Here are a short description of the docker commands above :

  • docker run : starts a docker container from the given image name ;
  • docker exec : runs a program inside a running container;
  • docker start : restart a stopped container by relaunching the initial command;

You should definitivly try the last one ;-)

  • Thank you for your response. docker start lucid_ride echo "hello from lucid_ride" produces the following error. I can continuously run busybox with no problem and keep getting new names shown in docker ps -a. But, I cannot start, exec or run any using any of the names (e.g lucid_ride). Jan 26, 2022 at 17:19
  • You juste need to execute "docker start -a lucid_ride" and it will run the echo command again. Jan 26, 2022 at 19:12

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