DooD Pitfalls: Volume Mounts

DooD (Docker-outside-of-Docker)

Sometimes you have a need to use docker inside of a docker container. A good example of this is using a container to build an artifact then using docker inside that container to build an image from that artifact. The typical way of doing this is mouting the docker sock from the host machine to the running container. This differs from the DinD (Docker-inside-of-Docker) method that could have security vulnerabilities. I’ll show a DooD examlple using a maven container.

In the above example, I am running a maven container that has access to the host’s docker. I can run docker commands from the maven container just as I would from my host.

Pitfall: Volume Mounts

Inside my maven container I’ll create a directory foo that I will later mount to another container.

I now have a foo dir at the root of my maven container. Now lets spin up an apline image and mount it to the foo directory.

I spun up an alpine container and jumped direclty into sh. There, I created a hello.txt file in foo. This file should now be availalbe in the foo directory at the root of my maven container. Lets exit the alpine container and see what’s in the maven container’s foo dir:

My maven container’s foo dir is empty. So where did that hello.txt file go? Let’s check the root of my host machine.

The mounted directory from the maven container was actually created on the host machine. Let’s check the contents of the file:

This is the content we created in the alpine container. Alhtough the I spun up alpine and made an attempt to mount to a directory in the maven container, the directory was created on my host machine and that was mounted to the apline container. This is because the maven container does not have a docker server. All of the docker commands in the maven container or on behalf of the host (the docker outside of the container).


To solve this, you will need to spin up your maven container and expose the foo directory as a volume.

I used the -v /foo flag when I started the maven container this time. As you can see, I have an empty foo dir at the root. Next, I will spin up alpine and tell it to use the volumes-from my maven container.

Now I am in the alpine container shell. Let’s check to see if our foo dir was mounted then proceed with creating a file there.

I created the hello.txt file inside the apline container using the foo volume mounted from maven. Now, the hello.txt file should show up inside the maven container. Let’s exit the apline container and do a listing on the root at foo.

Great, the file was created in the maven container. Let’s view the contents.

Nice!! We see the greeting from the alpine container inside the maven container. This is the proper way to share volumes when using DooD.

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