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  • Improve build times when using Docker-in-Docker (DinD)?
    1 project | | 14 Jul 2022
    I tried to use mount=type=cache of BuildKit but sadly you cannot control the directory on the host so is useless for my usecase as i cannot mount those cache directories on the host.
  • Dagger: a new way to build CI/CD pipelines
    29 projects | | 30 Mar 2022
    * Parallelism is the simultaneous execution of multiple things (possibly related, possibly not)

    * Dagger is designed to be highly concurrent with minimal development effort. Compared to an equivalent configuration in a traditional CI system, your Dagger pipelines will be more concurrent, and require less lines of code.

    * Because it is highly concurrent, Dagger can be parallelized with relatively little effort. But as you pointed out, you still need to configure parallelization by setting up multiple nodes, etc. Dagger uses buildkit as an excution engine, so parallelizing Dagger boils down to parallelizing buildkit. There is a lot of work in this area (one benefit of building on an existing, mature ecosystem). For example, here is an example of Kubernetes deployment:

    29 projects | | 30 Mar 2022
    Yes :) We rely entirely on buildkit ( to run the pipelines (`dagger` itself acts as a "compiler" and buildkit client). So anything you can do with buildkit, works out of the box with Dagger. That includes clustering.

    There is a lot of ongoing work in that area in the buildkit ecosystem. For example Netflix has a distributed buildkit farm, which I believe relies on containerd storage backends to share cache data. There are also integrations to run buildkit nodes on a kubernetes cluster.

    Dagger itself is obviously quite new, but buildkit itself is very mature, thanks to its integration with 'docker build'.

  • `COPY --chmod` reduced the size of my container image by 35%
    6 projects | | 26 Mar 2022
    Similarly, Dockerfile with buildkit support a 'COPY --chmod' directive now. Again not quite everything you're looking for, but addresses the OP's issue.
  • Use local cache of debian packages in Dockerfile during build?
    1 project | | 22 Mar 2022
    You should build the image with BuildKit and the dockerfile syntax >= 1.3. Using a build mount (RUN —mount) you can mount a local folder into the builder instance. Here you can find an example for apt:
  • Podman 4.0.0
    15 projects | | 22 Feb 2022
    docker supports some volume mounts while building, it's part of the buildkit backend and is used for mounting secrets during builds. It is very poorly documented and hidden behind the buildkit buildx command. Check out the RUN --moount= section here:
  • Gokrazy – A Native Go Userland
    6 projects | | 16 Jan 2022
    Relatedly, there's also buildkit[1] and that entire ecosystem. I've been meaning to check out the experience of building containers using Nix, but either way it seems very interesting.


  • I wrote a short article on how to optimize local Go - Kubernetes development with Skaffold and BuildKit
    2 projects | | 27 Dec 2021
    That's a nice topic! There aren't to many great articles on that sadly so I really appreciate it. My setup currently is using devspace since after trying skaffold I found it to be much more intuitiv to use and the file sync option can also be nice at times although it needs some further setup. The buildkit.flags are.great, for anyone interested here's the complete documentation on all possible flags which also includes support for ssh mount etc. The only thing I'm still struggling with is remote caching of image layers for ci CD. I'm currently using the buildkit remote worker but I feel like there could still be some optimizations.
  • Building Docker Images Faster for Webpack
    1 project | | 17 Dec 2021
    At Okteto we are very passionate about increasing developer productivity. We were looking for ways to improve our container build times when we came across an amazing project, BuildKit. BuildKit helps us build Docker images faster than ever.
  • Top Docker alternatives for 2022
    9 projects | | 30 Nov 2021
    Buildkit is a new image building engine for Docker developed as part of the Moby project. From Docker ≥v18.09, Buildkit is integrated into docker build, but it also comes as a standalone tool.
  • Will Nix Overtake Docker
    16 projects | | 29 Nov 2021
  • Speeding Up Docker Builds with Remote Cache
    2 projects | | 15 Nov 2021
    The use of BuildKit as part of Docker is convenient, but it hides some features and options. So, in case you want more control over the build and caching, then you can directly use the upstream BuildKit project. To do so, you will need to download binaries from GitHub release page, unpack it and move it into your path (e.g. /usr/local/bin/). Finally, you need to start the BuildKit daemon and then you're ready to build:
  • Faster Maven builds in Docker
    3 projects | | 10 Oct 2021
    The last command line used the DOCKER_BUILDKIT environment variable. It's the way to tell Docker to use the legacy engine. If you didn't update Docker for some time, it's the engine that you're using. Nowadays, BuildKit has superseded it and is the new default.
  • Jenkins agents and DIND on K8s cluster
    2 projects | | 6 Jun 2021
    If you are concerned about running Docker and Kubernetes together, or if you need to use these workflows in a cluster that cannot run container images as root, or in privileged mode, for an alternative build strategy that can still work with Jenkins in rootless mode, we recommend you check out Kubernetes examples for Buildkit and the Buildkit CLI for Kubectl.
  • Best Practices for R with Docker
    8 projects | | 31 May 2021
    Docker versions 18.09 or higher come with a new opt-in builder backend called BuildKit. BuildKit prints out a nice summary of each layer including timing for the layers and the overall build. This is the general build command that I used to compare the four parent images:


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