grunt serve in docker container max call stack error

Running grunt serve in a docker container causes node to crash (for lack of a better term).

(node) warning: Recursive process.nextTick detected. This will break in the next version of node. Please use setImmediate for recursive deferral.

 var str = String(f).replace(formatRegExp, function(x) {
 RangeError: Maximum call stack size exceeded

When I run the app * locally * it works as expected. This * only * happens when running it in the container. My guess is that it’s the live reload or one of the other port mappings causing the issue but I don’t know how to debug it. I expose the ports used by node in the dockerfile:

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    …grunt task…

     grunt.registerTask('serve', 'Compile then start a connect web server', function (target) {
    if (target === 'dist') {
      return['build', 'connect:dist:keepalive']);
    clean: {
      dist: {
        files: [{
          dot: true,
          src: [
            '<%= yeoman.dist %>/{,*/}*',
            '!<%= yeoman.dist %>/.git*'
      server: '.tmp'
    wiredep: {
      options: {
        cwd: '<%= %>'
      app: {
        src: ['<%= %>/index.html'],
        ignorePath:  /\.\.\//
    concurrent: {
      server: [
      test: [
      dist: [
    autoprefixer: {
      options: {
        browsers: ['last 1 version']
      dist: {
        files: [{
          expand: true,
          cwd: '.tmp/styles/',
          src: '{,*/}*.css',
          dest: '.tmp/styles/'
    watch: {
      bower: {
        files: ['bower.json'],
        tasks: ['wiredep']
      js: {
        files: ['<%= %>/scripts/{,*/}*.js'],
        tasks: ['newer:jshint:all'],
        options: {
          livereload: '<%= connect.options.livereload %>'
      jsTest: {
        files: ['test/spec/{,*/}*.js'],
        tasks: ['newer:jshint:test', 'karma']
      styles: {
        files: ['<%= %>/styles/{,*/}*.css'],
        tasks: ['newer:copy:styles', 'autoprefixer']
      gruntfile: {
        files: ['Gruntfile.js']
      livereload: {
        options: {
          livereload: '<%= connect.options.livereload %>'
        files: [
          '<%= %>/{,*/}*.html',
          '<%= %>/images/{,*/}*.{png,jpg,jpeg,gif,webp,svg}'

    I’ve found related issues on stackoverflow but the solutions don’t seem to solve my issue.


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  • One Solution collect form web for “grunt serve in docker container max call stack error”

    I encountered this error when my Gruntfile.js has the following code:

    grunt.registerTask('svgmin', ['svgmin']);

    I solve the problem by renaming the code to:

    grunt.registerTask('s', ['svgmin']);

    The problem of the code is that it created a new task called ‘svgmin’ to run ‘svgmin’ task which cause the infinite looping.

    Hope it helps.

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