TIL The correct way to load SQL files into a Postgres and Mongo Docker Container

I know I'm probably the last one to find this out, but this has been an issue for a long time for me. I've been constantly building and storing SQL files in the actual container layers, thinking that was the correct way to do it. Thankfully, I was completely wrong.

Here is the correct way to do it.

Assuming you are in a directory with the SQL files you want.

FROM postgres:12.8

COPY *.sql /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d/

On startup Postgres will load the SQL files into the database. I've wasted a lot of time doing it the other way and somehow missed this the entire time. Hopefully I save you a bunch of time!

For Mongo

FROM mongo:4.2

COPY dump /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d/
COPY restore.sh /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d/

The restore.sh script is below.


cd /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d || exit
ls -ahl
mongorestore /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d/

Just do a mongodump into a directory called dump and then when you want it, load the data with the restore.sh script inside the container.