How to correctly install RVM in Docker?

This is what I have in my Dockerfile:

RUN gpg2 --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys D39DC0E3
RUN curl -L | bash -s stable
RUN /bin/bash -l -c "rvm requirements"
RUN /bin/bash -l -c "rvm install 2.3.3"

Works just fine, however, when I start the container, I see this:

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    /root# /bin/bash -l -c "ruby --version"
    ruby 2.3.3p222 (2016-11-21 revision 56859) [x86_64-linux]

    Obviously, this is not what I want. As far as I understand, the problem is that bash doesn’t run /etc/profile by default. That’s why Ruby is not coming from the RVM installation. How can I fix that?

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    Long story short:

    docker -it --rm myimage /bin/bash command does not start bash as a login shell.


    When you run $ docker -it --rm myimage /bin/bash it’s invoke bash without the -l option which make bash act as if it had been invoked as a login shell, rvm initializations depends on the source-ing /path/to/.rvm/scripts/rvm or /etc/profile.d/ and that initialization is in .bash_profile or .bashrc or any other initialization scripts.

    How can I fix that?

    If you want always have the ruby from rvm add -l option.

    Here is a Dockerfile with installed ruby by rvm:

    FROM debian
    ARG DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
    RUN apt-get update -q && \
        apt-get install -qy curl ca-certificates gnupg2 build-essential --no-install-recommends && apt-get clean
    RUN gpg2 --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys D39DC0E3
    RUN curl -sSL | bash -s
    RUN /bin/bash -l -c ". /etc/profile.d/ && rvm install 2.3.3"
    # The entry point here is an initialization process, 
    # it will be used as arguments for e.g.
    # `docker run` command 
    ENTRYPOINT ["/bin/bash", "-l", "-c"]

    Run the container:

    ➠ docker_templates : docker run -ti --rm rvm 'ruby -v'
    ruby 2.3.3p222 (2016-11-21 revision 56859) [x86_64-linux]
    ➠ docker_templates : docker run -ti --rm rvm 'rvm -v'
    rvm 1.29.1 (master) by Michal Papis, Piotr Kuczynski, Wayne E. Seguin []
    ➠ docker_templates : docker run -ti --rm rvm bash
    root@efa1bf7cec62:/# rvm -v
    rvm 1.29.1 (master) by Michal Papis, Piotr Kuczynski, Wayne E. Seguin []
    root@efa1bf7cec62:/# ruby -v
    ruby 2.3.3p222 (2016-11-21 revision 56859) [x86_64-linux]
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