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kubectl: set HOME to /tmp/kube, speed up kubectl

Jason Plum requested to merge kubectl-set-home into master

What does this MR do?

gitlab-org/charts/gitlab#3201 (closed)

Seems that we have to ensure that kubectl @ 1.18.x has a writable HOME directory. Because this container has USER nobody:nobody, there is no such by default/design.

Add ENV HOME=/tmp/kube to the container. This does not create the directory, because it will be automatically created to match the UID:GID pair at usage of kubectl within K8s.


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