I’ve experienced lots of slowness using docker for Mac (xhyve), due to volume mounting.
I’ve used the rsync solution for docker-sync. Simple, but the downside is that newly created files in the container are not shared outside. That’s not generally a problem except when some code is generated from inside the container (e.g. Doctrine migrations). When needed, a normal mounting for those directories can still be used, or (more complicated), the file can be copied into the host with a docker cp command.
Other downsides are the slowness to rsync watch (a few seconds that can be annoying in some cases), that leads me to the next point:
PHPStorm file watcher
PHPStorm supports the execution of custom scripts on save (file watchers). The idea is having those file watchers to perform an immediate
docker cp inside the container with the modified file.
The screenshot should be clear enough. Replace docker bin with the real path of your docker executable (not the symlink), and <CONTAINER_NAME> with your docker container, and adjust
/app/ to have
docker cp copying files where your docker container expects.
Depending on your needs, you might want to adjust your shares, and decide whether
vendor directory needs to be watched or not.
Note: You can’t just use the file watcher, or you’ll have the rebuild (or manually copy all the files) any time you switch branch.