build context for docker image very large

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My Dockerfile looks like this:

FROM crystal/centos
MAINTAINER crystal
ADD ./rpms/test.rpm ./rpms/ 
RUN yum -y --nogpgcheck localinstall /rpms/test.rpm 

My actual rpm is only 1 GB. But when I try to do sudo docker build -t="crystal/test”., I get sending build context to Docker daemon 3.5 GB. Is there something else that I'm unaware of as you continue to build Docker images? Is my memory accumulating as I build more images in my other directories on my host machine?

Aug 1, 2018 in Docker by Hannah
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The Docker client sends the entire "build context" to the Docker daemon. That build context (by default) is the entire directory the Dockerfile is in (so, the entire rpms tree).

You can setup a .dockerignore file to get Docker to ignore some files. You might want to experiment with it.

Alternatively, you can move your rpms folder one directory level above your Dockerfile, and only symlink test.rpm into the Dockerfile's directory.
answered Aug 1, 2018 by Kalgi
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