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Can't run Docker for Mac after restoring from TimeMachine

(Derickbailey) #1

I’m on a 2015 MBPr, with latest macOS Sierra. I’m trying to install and use the latest Docker for Mac (1.12.3 i think?)

I’ve recently had to buy a new laptop because my 2012 Macbook Pro died. I picked up a refurbished 2015 MBPr, and have restored all of my data (not apps) from my Time Machine backup.

Only, now Docker for Mac won’t run. :frowning:

I download the latest (stable) Docker for Mac, drag it into my apps folder, and that’s fine. But when I try to run it, the system bar at the top of the screen only shows a blank space where the Docker icon should be.

When I hover over it, I get the spinning beachball of doom.

When I look at Activity Monitor, it says “docker (not responding)” with 7 threads and zero CPU time.

I tried to run the command line uninstall, hoping that it may have just been a bad setting somewhere from pulling in my data from the previous laptop, but that ran into the same problem.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can completely clean out any leftover items from a previous Docker for Mac install, so that I can fix this?

Or any other tips on how to fix this?


  • Derick

(Derickbailey) #2

i got it fixed

found this thread on github

and basically followed the instructions they had throughout the conversations, to remove everything.

looks like the important bit was the “com.docker.vmnetd” process found via launchctl.

i stopped all docker processes (kill -9 or force quit), then deleted ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker and ~/Library/Containers/com.docker.helper then rebooted

i verified that com.docker.vmnetd was no longer running, then re-installed docker for mac by dragging it from the .dmg to applications again

started docker and a few moments later, i got the dialog asking me to install the helper. typed my password and docker is working again.