[arch-general] Building in docker?

Vincent Ambo tazjin at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 15:11:17 EDT 2014

I have a very simple container that I use for building Arch packages, just
added it to the Docker Hub so others can use it:

It's basically an Arch container that gets updated at image create time and
has base-devel installed. When running the container it automatically
executes makepkg from /build.

To try enter a folder with a PKGBUILD and just run

docker run --rm -v $(pwd):/build tazjin/arch-pkgbuild

and it'll install the dependencies in the container and build the package.
Note that because of the minimal system the build dependencies need to be

The mirrorlist in the container is using servers in Sweden, you could
replace it though if you wanted.

2014-09-03 9:04 GMT+02:00 Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org>:

> For various reasons I'm looking into not using `makechrootpkg` when
> building the 200+ packages I put into a non-official repo.  Obviously
> it's important to keep the building environment separate from my
> ordinary system environment.  Going to full virtualisation is
> definitely overkill and the only containers I know of are chroots and
> docker.
> Docker has some nice attributes, in particular no need for root
> access.  However, I don't know a whole lot about it, so I wonder are
> there any aspects to it that makes it a bad choice for building
> packages?
> /M
> --
> Magnus Therning                      OpenPGP: 0xAB4DFBA4
> email: magnus at therning.org   jabber: magnus at therning.org
> twitter: magthe               http://therning.org/magnus
> Heuristic is an algorithm in a clown suit. It’s less predictable, it’s more
> fun, and it comes without a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
>      -- Steve McConnell, Code Complete

More information about the arch-general mailing list