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Docker: Creating Structured Containers by Scott Gallagher, Allan Espinosa, Russ McKendrick, Santosh Kumar Konduri, Vaibhav Kohli, Rajdeep Dua, Neependra Khare, Oskar Hane, Shrikrishna Holla, Vinod Singh, Jeeva S. Chelladhurai, Pethuru Raj

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Avoiding common pitfalls

Till now, we discussed how effectively data volumes can be used to share data between the Docker host and the containers as well as between containers. Data sharing using data volumes is turning out to be a very powerful and essential tool in the Docker paradigm. However, it does carry a few pitfalls that are to be carefully identified and eliminated. In this section, we make an attempt to list out a few common issues associated with data sharing and the ways and means to overcome them.

Directory leaks

Earlier in the data volume section, we learnt that the Docker engine automatically creates directories based on the VOLUME instruction in Dockerfile as well as the -v option of the docker run subcommand. We also understood ...

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