re: Don't just "docker-compose up" VIEW POST


First off, don't just docker-compose up cuz that's a lot to type out. Try an alias of dc to docker-compose.

Then you can add -d: dc up -d

I almost always have a production dcoker-compose.production.yml and I will alias dcp to

docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml -f docker-compose.production.yml

Also useful to have a docker-compose.override.yml. It will automatically merge that with your default docker-compose.yml unless you use the -f flag. Very useful for dev-only config (e.g. volumes to aid in development and maybe different port mappings or debug flags, etc).


I don't think docker-compose up is a lot to type, given the frequency with which you're likely to use it and the fact that it'll be in your command history a simple <ctrl-r> away if you're feeling that lazy anyway.

I'm a fan of not making aliases which shadow other commands, too - there's a good chance you have a dc on your system already, even if you don't use it.


It's not just for up, but for any docker-compose command, of which, I use many many times (I do a ton of Docker development). docker-compose is a weird one for me to type, too, and I always feel like I really stutter over it.

But to each their own!

The command docker-compose always comes out docker-compsoe the first time. Try as I might, I can never type it correctly on the first go. I don't use aliases in my shell because I like to remember the commands I'm typing and the flags I use. I feel like it forces me to think through command layout, what flags actually do and helps me remember. But I totally get the frustration of what I like to call "keyboard dyslexia". And the word compose is such that I almost always type it incorrectly the first time.

I probably type doc<tab>-c<tab> in reality. It's hard for me to test since if I just open a terminal I'll be conscious of what I'm doing, but I tab complete a lot.

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