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Exploring a windows docker image or container


I am relatively new to docker. I went through a process of creating an asp net core 2.1 docker container using VS community 2019. I was able to get that to work and run properly.

the docker file is as shown below.

FROM AS base

FROM AS build
COPY [“aspnetapp.csproj”, “aspnetapp/”]
RUN dotnet restore “aspnetapp/aspnetapp.csproj”

COPY . .
WORKDIR “/src/aspnetapp”
COPY . .
RUN dotnet build “aspnetapp.csproj” -c Release -o /app

FROM build AS publish
RUN dotnet publish “aspnetapp.csproj” -c Release -o /app

FROM base AS final
COPY --from=publish /app .
ENTRYPOINT [“dotnet”, “aspnetapp.dll”]

I was wondering if there was a way to explore the filesystem for this container so I can see whats actually there in the container / image.

I have tried docker exec -t -i mycontainer powershell.exe (also cmd.exe)

and this doesnt work because Im guessing there is no cmd.exe.

what would be the best way to explore the image or container?

Also is there a way to see the container changes as the various commands are being run from the dockerfile?

thanks in advance