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Customizing your Buildkit installation

Using a custom buildkit daemon

Dagger can be configured to use an existing buildkit daemon, running either locally or remotely. This can be done using the environment variable BUILDKIT_HOST.

To use a buildkit daemon listening on an unix domain socket (usually in /var/run or /run):

export BUILDKIT_HOST=unix:///var/run/buildkit/buildkitd.sock

Make sure the user running dagger has appropriate permissions (rw) on the socket file.

To use a buildkit daemon listening on TCP port 1234 on localhost:

export BUILDKIT_HOST=tcp://localhost:1234

To use a buildkit daemon running in a container named "super-buildkit" on the local docker host:

export BUILDKIT_HOST=docker-container://super-buildkit

Using a custom remote buildkit running in Docker

Dagger can also be configured to use a remote buildkit daemon running in a Docker container. This an be done using the environment variable DOCKER_HOST.

export DOCKER_HOST=ssh://user@IP

You will also need to set the BUILDKIT_HOST environment variable explained above.

Running a custom buildkit container in Docker

To run a customized Buildkit version with Docker, this can be done using the below command:

docker run -d --name dagger-buildkitd --privileged --network=host

OpenTelemetry Support

Both Dagger and buildkit support opentelemetry. To capture traces to Jaeger, set the OTEL_EXPORTER_JAEGER_ENDPOINT environment variable to the collection address.

A docker-compose file is available to help bootstrap the tracing environment:

docker-compose -f ./dagger-main/tracing.compose.yaml up -d
export BUILDKIT_HOST=docker-container://dagger-buildkitd-jaeger
export OTEL_EXPORTER_JAEGER_ENDPOINT=http://localhost:14268/api/traces
export JAEGER_TRACE=localhost:6831

dagger up

You can then go to http://localhost:16686/ in your browser to see the traces.