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Why do my GitLab CI/CD workflows crash when using Docker images with "invalid option -- 'v'" errors?

Docker images can cause "Invalid option -- 'v'" errors in GitLab CI/CD pipelines if the --volume or -v option is used improperly in the .gitlab-ci.yml file. You can try the following methods to solve this problem:

Step 1: Check Docker Image

Checking the Docker image used in the pipeline is the first stage. Make sure the image is the right image and that the --volume or -v option is supported by the version of Docker loaded in the image.

Step 2: Check .gitlab-ci.yml file

The .gitlab-ci.yml file will then be examined if the picture is accurate. Make sure the file uses the --volume or -v option properly. The --volume or -v parameter should be used as follows:

docker run --volume /host/path:/container/path image_name command

Ensure that the path on the host machine and the path in the container are valid and that the paths are separated by a colon (:).

Step 3: Check Runner Configuration

The next stage is to check the runner configuration if the aforementioned measures do not solve the problem. Make sure the program is activated and configured properly. By going to Settings > CI/CD > Runners in the GitLab web interface, you can verify the status of the runner.

Step 4: Check for Docker Build Errors

Make sure the build procedure ends successfully and the image is correctly tagged if you are creating the Docker image as part of the pipeline. By going to CI/CD > Pipelines and selecting the desired pipeline, you can examine the build logs in the GitLab web interface.

Step 5: Check for Docker Pull Errors

Make sure the pull procedure succeeds if the Docker image is being pulled during the pipeline. By going to CI/CD > Pipelines and selecting the pipeline you want to examine, you can check the pull logs in the GitLab web interface.

Step 6: Check Runner Logs

You can examine the runner logs for more details if the aforementioned steps are unsuccessful in fixing the problem. Look for any error messages or stack traces that might point to the issue's underlying cause in the logs to help locate it.


In conclusion, "invalid option -- 'v'" errors in GitLab CI/CD pipelines can be brought on by improper use of the --volume or -v option in the .gitlab-ci.yml file, problems with the Docker image, problems with the runner configuration, problems with the Docker build or pull, or problems with GitLab Runner. You can resolve the problem and guarantee that your pipeline functions properly by carrying out the procedures listed above.