Install / build docker squash on OS X to reduce docker image size

Recently while I was trying to install a Docker related app called docker-squash on OSX El Capitan.

For those who are not familiar with the utility; docker squash is a nice utility that reduces the size of docker images by removing the layers

However when running the command

go get github.com/docker/docker/pkg/units

I was getting the following error message :


Building docker-squash
export.go:19:2: cannot find package "github.com/docker/docker/pkg/units" in any of:
        /usr/lib/go/src/pkg/github.com/docker/docker/pkg/units (from $GOROOT)
        /root/t/docker-squash/src/github.com/docker/docker/p

Below I will show you how to build docker squash step by step (some steps can be omitted i.e. installing go if you already have installed)

Install go and set-up variables

brew install go
mkdir $HOME/.go
export GOPATH=$HOME/.go
export PATH=$PATH:$GOPATH/bin

Clone the docker squash repo

I'm not sure this is required but clone the repo under ~/.go/src/github.com/jwilder/docker-squash/

git clone https://github.com/jwilder/docker-squash.git

Install glock and sync your repo

under the folder ~/.go/src/github.com/jwilder/docker-squash/ run the following command

go get github.com/robfig/glock

Once the command finished sync your local repo with glock

glock sync github.com/jwilder/docker-squash

Install the units package

go get github.com/docker/docker/pkg/units

Build docker squash

GOBIN=$(pwd) make

Install gnu-tar and added to the path

brew install gnu-tar
PATH="/usr/local/opt/gnu-tar/libexec/gnubin:$PATH"

Move the executable to a bin folder

You should now have a docker-squash executable in your local repository; move the executable to a bin folder of your choice for example /usr/local/bin/

You should now be able to run docker-squash from your mac

Final thoughts and remarks

If you use docker-squash frequently you should change your .bashrc to do this automatically

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