Why does docker build not use the build cache?

Every time I change my Dockerfile, docker re-runs all of my commands even if I change something at the end of the file. The commands are not cached.

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Why does docker build not use the build cache?”

    In this particular case the image my image was based on contained this statement

    ONBUILD ADD . /some/path
    

    That means, no statement in my Dockerfile can be cached when my Dockerfile changes, because the ADD . /some/path is executed just before any of my statements are executed.

    In general: if there is an ADD . /some/path statement in the Dockerfile no statement after that statement can be cached, because the change to the Dockerfile invalidates the cache.

    My solution was to put the files I want to add into a subdirectory my_data and then add the content of the subdirectory to the path:

    ADD my_data /some/path
    

    Unfortunately, adding the Dockerfile to the .dockerignore does not help, because then the docker build cannot execute because it does not find the Dockerfile and you get the error Dockerfile was excluded by .dockerignore pattern 'Dockerfile'

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