Today I was rubbing my head over a situation where an environment variable was defined in a base image. More exactly, the image microsoft/dotnet:2.1-runtime now sets the ASPNETCORE_URLS variable and the images based on that inherit it. For my case, this was problematic because my application uses this to determine whether to run over HTTPS and the port of the application.
If we inspect the microsoft/dotnet:2.1-runtime image, we can see that the environment looks like this:
docker inspect microsoft/dotnet:2.1-runtime .. "Env": [ "PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin", "ASPNETCORE_URLS=http://+:80", "DOTNET_RUNNING_IN_CONTAINER=true", "DOTNET_VERSION=2.1.2" ], ..
Having defined the URLS like that can be cool enough but it wasn’t my case, as it made my app crash without knowing why. It took me a while to discover that the URLS is set by the image, unlike previous versions of the dotnet runtime.
Of course I could replace the variable at build time, thus making the error disappear. But I was quite a slug and tried to do it the hard way: by getting rid of this variable. I didn’t want to change to much in my code so I started searching over the internet. I discovered that there’s no way to unset this variable in inherited images. Tried the following:
RUN unset ASPNETCORE_URLS CMD unset ASPNETCORE_URLS
But to no luck. None of the instructions above worked so what I did was to replace the value with an empty one:
In conclusion, until Docker will support something similar, we’ll need to adapt our code to take into consideration scenarios like this. I saw there is a proposal here, but didn’t reach production unfortunately.
Cheers folks! 😉