There is an easy way of keeping the history of commands that we write when we are inside of a container or inside of an ipython shell: docker volumes.
It could be done with a host volume, but the downside is that we should add that file to our gitignore, or we could leave this responsabiliy to docker and use the docker volumes.
For ipython is simpler than for bash, we just create a volume and we match th e whole folder of ipython in /root/.ipython
version: '3.8' volumes: ipython_history: services: ipython: image: ipython/ipython volumes: ipython_history:/root/.ipython/profile_default
For keeping the bash or ash (alpine shell) history is a little bit harder because we don'\nt have the history file before we run the container for the first time. So we need a combination of an env variable,
version: '3.8' volumes: shell_history: services: bash: image: python environment: HISTFILE: /root/hist/.bash_history volumes: - shell_history:/root/hist
Here you could see both things together
version: '3.8' volumes: shell_history: ipy_history: services: django: command: python manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8080 build: . ports: - 8080:8080 environment: HISTFILE: /root/hist/.bash_history volumes: - history:/root/hist/ - ipy_history:/root/.ipython/profile_default