Docker Compose MySQL Keeps Restarting

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Run into a strange bug where the MySQL container would keep restarting. The error I would see from the logs would be

[ERROR] --initialize specified but the data directory has files in it. Aborting.

You can view container logs by typing

docker logs -f <db_container_name>

I tried to rebuild the container by running

docker-compose build and docker-compose up -d but to no avail. Finally stumbled on a solution via a GitHub issue here. The solution was to run

docker system prune --volumes

which cleared out the said directory then after building the container worked.

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