Normally I would declare this off topic, after all XAMPP or WAMP are off topic. But WP Env has been put into the official core repos, and given a very deliberate grey ambiguity by its developers as to it's officialness.

A user asked a question here:

wp-env mysqlcheck error:1130

I believe that answering the question will involve zero WordPress knowledge, and some Docker knowledge. Should it be closed as off topic?

  • Is VVV on topic?
    – kero
    Mar 15, 2021 at 16:48
  • I don't believe VVV itself is on topic, the meta environment however would. If someone needed help adding a site to VVV I'd direct them to the VVV slack or github. If someone wanted to provision the meta environment to work on a .org site then I'd consider it on topic as it's the code that powers wordpress.org
    – Tom J Nowell Mod
    Mar 15, 2021 at 17:50

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To me, ticks all the boxes:

  • lives in the official WordPress GitHub repo and NPM namespace
  • is developed and maintained by WP people
  • is recommended from make.wordpress.org

The fact that it is not PHP- but Docker- and Node-specific doesn't make it less WordPress. If the OP had posted the question on a more Docker oriented site, they might have problems as wp-env seems to do its very own stuff (similar to Local).

So niche knowledge that exceeds general Docker knowledge is required.

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