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Error: /docker-import-012345678/bin/json: no such file or directory

Updated 30 March 2018

Today I face an error when I was trying to import an image by using following steps,

  • Switch to image directory path,
    cd docker/directory/image-path
  • Then run load command to import docker image in my system,
    cat docker_custom_image.tar | docker load
  • After running load command I was getting an error,
    open /var/lib/docker/tmp/docker-import-622414428/bin/json: no such file or directory

Then a bit searching and research I found few solutions to import the image,

  1. You can fix this issue by creating the tmp folder inside /var/lib/docker/.
    (In my case this solution doesn’t work so I made a bit more research and find the solution.)
  2. I use below command in order to import the image.
    cat docker_custom_image.tar | docker import - custom_docker/image

    This ends up with the image showing up in

    docker images

So this is how I found the solution to fix this issue but there is a question in everyone’s mind that why I was getting this issue?

It is because I was using docker load command to import image export by docker export command.

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cat image-file |docker load

Would only work if the image is created as a layered docker image, not as a tar ball.

Basically correct way to import the image,

Use docker import for image exported by docker export.

Use docker load for image exported by docker save.


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