I'm trying to setup the local enviroment by the VSCode + Docker way, because i find it easier for a newbie like me. I open the cloned repository on VSCode but when y click on the button to reopen it in the Docker container y get this error:

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I think that the problem is in the devcontainer.json file, exactly for this setting:

"settings": {
    // Note: don't change from bash so it runs .bashrc
    "terminal.integrated.shell.linux": "/bin/bash"

I think this is an incorrect property because i'm on Windows, not Linux, but i have no idea of what i should put in there to replace it.

I wil appreciate any help because i'm a total newbie to all this environment.

  • I think it will help if you actually describe how you are running the installation. Question: Have you installed the Remote Development extension pack for VS?
    – d_fajardo
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 11:41

1 Answer 1


I had the same problem. Look at line 11 of devcontainer.json:


Believe it or not, I solved this error by going into my environment variables and creating a variable name HOME that points to my user directory C:\Users\$username.

This is also mentioned in an answer to another Windows-specific issue: Problem starting a plutus devcontainer in windows where the solution is to change the variable from HOME to USERPROFILE.

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