Permission required to run java under non-root user in Google Container Engine

I don’t have problem to run Java with root user.

/usr/java/jre1.8.0_101/bin/java -jar /app/ts.jar

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  • Because the application is deployed into docker container, so I need run it with non-root user.

    First I create a user in the docker container

    useradd --user-group -m  --shell /bin/false ts2_app; 
    chown -R ts2_app:ts2_app /app;
    chown -R ts2_app:ts2_app /usr/java/jre1.8.0_101;
    chmod -R +r /app;
    chmod -R +r /usr/java/jre1.8.0_101;

    Then try to launch it with

    runuser -l ts2_app -c "/usr/java/jre1.8.0_101/bin/java -jar /app/ts.jar"


    su - ts2_app -c "/usr/java/jre1.8.0_101/bin/java -jar /app/ts.jar"

    I don’t have any problem in my local environment, but if I deploy the docker container to GCE, it can’t be started.

    Then I inspect into the docker container, try to execute the above command.
    Here is the summary

    1. No problem to run as root in my local docker container
    2. No problem to run as non-root in my local docker container
    3. No problem to run as root in Google Container Engine’s container.
    4. Problem occurs when run it as non-root in Google Container Engine’s container.

    The runuser and su command just quits right after execution, there is no error. And I can’t see the java process in ps command.

    I have many other containers which run the processes with non-root account, I don’t know why this one fails. Does anyone know any other minimal permission required by java?

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