The Almighty Pause Container

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When checking out the nodes of your Kubernetes cluster, you may have noticed some containers called “pause” running when you do a docker ps on the node.

$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                           COMMAND ...
...
3b45e983c859        gcr.io/google_containers/pause-amd64:3.0    "/pause" ...
...
dbfc35b00062        gcr.io/google_containers/pause-amd64:3.0    "/pause" ...
...
c4e998ec4d5d        gcr.io/google_containers/pause-amd64:3.0    "/pause" ...
...
508102acf1e7        gcr.io/google_containers/pause-amd64:3.0    "/pause" ...

What are these “pause” containers and why are there so many of them? What’s going on?

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