Using a Makefile to shorten commands
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You may already have known but I discovered that you can define a
Makefile in which you can store your lengthy and commonly used commands. This feels like a step up from simple bash aliases. You could store a helpful
Makefile into source control and share with your dev team.
Make sure you have
make installed first in your machine. There are ton of tutorials online how to do so.
Let us see an example for creating shortcuts for our Docker commands. Like so:
up: docker-compose up -d down: docker-compose down shell: docker-compose exec web sh
Assuming I am in the same directory as the
Makefile, I can use the command,
make up to start my Docker services. Same goes with executing
make down to shut them down and executing
make shell to pop open a shell from my web container.
Thanks to our
Makefile, we no longer have to type lengthy commands. This article shed light more on the topic on why
Makefiles are better than NPM scripts.