Cannot find docker-compose.yml on Ubuntu 18.04 (Solved)

Running Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS with apt packages: 19.03.6-0ubuntu1~18.04.1
docker-compose 1.17.1-2

Recently ran into a ./ update problem that reports:
Can’t find a suitable configuration file in this directory or any
parent. Are you in the right directory?

    Supported filenames: docker-compose.yml, docker-compose.yaml

This was only happening with the update, not updateself, or start and stop options.
Looking through the scripts what I noticed is the bwdata/scripts/ script attempts to set $CORE_ID and $WEB_ID using docker-compose. This happens before the COMPOSE_FILE environment variable is setup. I do not know if there use to be a call to the dockerComposeFiles() fuction prior to running these commands in the past; or if there should be a call to it now.

To get around the probem I set the environment prior to running the ./ update command:

export COMPOSE_FILE=bwdata/docker/docker-compose.yml
./ updateself
./ update

Of course adjust for your installation.
Hope this helps someone else that sees this issue.