The Problem

We run our SonarQube instance in a Docker container hosted in an Azure Web App Service. Today, with no notice, it failed. We did the obvious, just tried to restart it and the startup process failed.

Looking at the Azure Web App’s Log Stream we could see the following error repeated on each restart attempt

2023-09-27T15:30:00.797Z INFO - Starting multi-container app..
2023-09-27T15:30:01.024Z INFO - Pulling image: sonarqube:10.1-developer
2023-09-27T15:30:02.100Z INFO - 10.1-developer Pulling from library/sonarqube
2023-09-27T15:30:02.291Z INFO - Digest: sha256:45e7cf02e037b00028d20556a91111f8ae8ae2b2803e516cb0665dd605a6d8b2
2023-09-27T15:30:02.292Z INFO - Status: Image is up to date for sonarqube:10.1-developer
2023-09-27T15:30:02.326Z INFO - Pull Image successful, Time taken: 0 Minutes and 1 Seconds
2023-09-27T15:30:02.344Z INFO - Starting container for site
2023-09-27T15:30:02.346Z INFO - docker run -d -p 8289:9000 --name bmsonarqubeprodwebsite_sonarqube_0_ec31111b -e WEBSITES_ENABLE_APP_SERVICE_STORAGE=false -e WEBSITE_SITE_NAME=bmsonarqubeprodwebsite -e WEBSITE_AUTH_ENABLED=False -e WEBSITE_ROLE_INSTANCE_ID=0 -e -e WEBSITE_INSTANCE_ID=6d27706a6b4eb56feec6ef57ab9b360923c5761cabb3fb52eb6fc5f4cdfbace3 -e WEBSITE_USE_DIAGNOSTIC_SERVER=False sonarqube:10.1-developer
2023-09-27T15:30:02.347Z INFO - Logging is not enabled for this container.
Please use to enable logging to see container logs here.
2023-09-27T15:31:09 No new trace in the past 1 min(s).
2023-09-27T15:32:09 No new trace in the past 2 min(s).
2023-09-27T15:33:09 No new trace in the past 3 min(s).
2023-09-27T15:33:52.465Z ERROR - multi-container unit was not started successfully

The Solution

Something in the back of my mind, from when we ran an on-premises SonarQube instance, made me think of a corrupt ElasticSearch index.

Using Azure Cloud Storage Explorer, I connected to the sonarqube-data file share and deleted the ES8 data folder

I then restarted the container and it started OK, recreating the ES8 folder and re-indexing the SonarQube content.

Thus far all appears to be OK.