docker-companion is a candy mix of tools for docker written in Golang and directly using Docker API calls. As for now it allows to squash and unpack an image.
Reinventing the wheel?
Problem arises with current tools to squash/unpack images since mostly of them are scripted. I personally needed a static implementation with no-deps hell that i could use in my CI pipeline easily (and also to get the job done).
Squash an image
The resulting image will loose metadata, but it is handy to reduce image size:
docker-companion squash my-awesome-image my-awesome-image-squashed
You can also make it pull before squashing it:
docker-companion --pull squash my-awesome-image my-awesome-image-squashed:mytag
Or just squashing an image
docker-companion squash my-awesome-image
to directly remove the intermediary (the source image, which will loose the tag)
docker-companion squash --remove my-awesome-image
Unpack an image
docker-companion unpack my-awesome-image /my/path
The path must be absolute, and you must run it with root permission to keep file permissions.
You can squash the image right before unpacking it too:
docker-companion --pull unpack --squash my-awesome-image /my/path
It can be handy sometimes to squash the image before unpacking it (very few cases where the latter fails)
You can supply also the --fatal global option to treat all warnings as fatal:
docker-companion --fatal --pull unpack --squash my-awesome-image /my/path
Get Latest release from github for amd64
curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/mudler/docker-companion/releases/latest \ | grep "browser_download_url.*amd64" \ | cut -d : -f 2,3 \ | tr -d \" \ | wget -i - -O docker-companion