Building kubernetes on Windows 10

Cool find of the day - thanks to @brendandburns.

You can build kubernetes from scratch in bash on Windows 10, provided you:

If you try from your User directory, e.g. C:\Users\joe\code\kubernetes, the build will fail because WSL cannot create folders with a ':' in the path during the build process. 

/mnt/c/Users/cschittk/repos/kubernetes$ ./hack/

+++ [0530 15:13:25] Verifying Prerequisites....

mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/mnt/c/Users/cschittk/repos/kubernetes/_output/images/kube-build:build-731ef7ee24-5-v1.8.3-1’: Invalid argument

!!! [0530 15:13:39] Call tree:

!!! [0530 15:13:39]  1: ./hack/ kube::build::build_image(...)

!!! Error in ./hack/../build/

  Error in ./hack/../build/ '((i<3-1))' exited with status 1

Call stack:

  1: ./hack/../build/ kube::build::build_image(...)

  2: ./hack/ main(...)

Exiting with status 1

That's because /mnt/c is a FAT or NTFS backed file system mounted as drivefs, which has a few limitations inherent to the underlying file system.

However, the bash's drive is not enitrely drvfs, even though it lives on the same underlying file system. When you take a closer look, you'll see that / and other folders are mounted using the bash's VolFS, which is much closer to the Linux file system:

$ mount

rootfs on / type lxfs (rw,noatime)

data on /data type lxfs (rw,noatime)

C: on /mnt/c type drvfs (rw,noatime)

root on /root type lxfs (rw,noatime)

home on /home type lxfs (rw,noatime)

Even though rootfs lives on your NTFS drive at %LocalAppData%\lxss\rootfs, WSL can create those paths:

and the kubernetes build will succeed in bash on Windows 10

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