Bash alias for removing docker images does not use force flag
Currently I have an alias to force remove images, the command is something like:
docker rmi $(docker images | grep pattern | grep -v other_pattern | tr -s ' ' | cut -d ' ' -f 3) -f
~/.bashrc it looks like:
rm_images="docker rmi $(docker images | grep pattern | grep -v other_pattern | tr -s ' ' | cut -d ' ' -f 3) -f"
However when executed I get the following:
Error response from daemon: conflict: unable to delete <image_id> (must be forced) - image is referenced in multiple repositories
First, you should probably follow the syntax in the original documentation, which is
docker rmi -f <images>.
Also, when defining an alias, you should use single quotes to evaluate the expression each time the alias is run. If you use double quotes (as you indicated in your question), the expression is only evaluated when the alias is defined (also see here).
So define your alias as follows (considering that your command substitution is correct):
alias rm_images='docker rmi -f $(docker images | grep pattern | grep -v other_pattern | tr -s " " | cut -d " " -f 3)'
Note how each single quote inside your command substitution has now been replaced with double quotes, which will work just as well for these commands.
Finally, you might consider using
awk instead of a combined
awk handles contiguous whitespaces correctly without the need to trim first (also see my old question here).