Testing connection to docker daemon

I am writing a script that will boot docker-compose automatically.

However, sometimes, doing eval "$(docker-machine env default)" doesn’t cause the docker daemon to be connected immediatly and when the next line comes (docker-compose up) I get Cannot connect to the Docker daemon. Is the docker daemon running on this host?

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    The Docker Remote API has a PING endpoint. You can use the endpoint to check whether you can successfully connect to the Docker daemon. docker-machine env sets the environment variable DOCKER_HOST, so you can use DOCKER_HOST as host to ping. Using nc, you can ping the host as follows:

    $ eval "$(docker-machine env default)"
    $ echo -e "GET /_ping HTTP/1.1\r\n" | nc $DOCKER_HOST
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Server: Docker/1.10.2 (linux)
    Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2016 07:05:58 GMT
    Content-Length: 2
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

    You will need to check the return value. If it returns ‘OK’, the connection was successful. A simple check could look as follows (this probably needs more refinement):

    if [ "$(echo -e "GET /_ping HTTP/1.1\r\n" | nc $DOCKER_HOST | tail -n 1)" == 'OK' ] ; then
      echo "You are connected"
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