I have one Rockerfile that builds 4 images; I also have one central
.dockerignore file. For one of the images I require assets that are blocked by the
.dockerignore file -- is there a way when doing
COPY to force add / ignore this list?
It'll be a lot easier to do this in one file as opposed to three separate...!
In a simple way no.
.dockerignore file is used to filter what will be used in the build before even reading the
docker daemon does not see your build folder, when the build starts, all the files in the context build folder are compressed (or just packed) and send to the daemon and only then it will read your
Dockerfile to build the container with the files it received.
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In a normal Docker build the
.dockerignore file affects the "build context" that is packaged up and sent to the docker server at the beginning of the build. If the "build context" doesn't contain the files then you can't reference them, so this is how the files are excluded. They don't "exist" for the build.
Rocker claims to run differently by not sending a build context to the server. The code looks like each
COPY step is composed into a tar file that ignores the files. Also, the
.dockerignore is read once at startup and cached.
As Rocker is not sending the build context before each build, only filtering for each
COPY command, there is hope. But due to the ignore data being read only once at startup you can't do anything funky like copying different
.dockerignore files at different stages of the build though.
One option is to continue using the
.dockerignore as is and use a Rocker
MOUNT command to manually copy the ignored directories. Their last example in the mount section demonstrates:
FROM debian:jessie ADD . /app # assets/ in .dockerignore WORKDIR /app MOUNT .:/context RUN cp -r /context/assets /app # include assets/
The only other useful option I can think of is to split out your
COPY into multiple commands so that you don't rely on the the
.dockerignore to filter files to the other 3 images. This would probably require your
assets directory to be stored outside of your application root.