Laravel Homestead

Updated: 06 May 2024

IP address of host from inside of Homestead:

Connect via ssh, from the Homestead directory

vagrant ssh

Run composer with php version 7.2

php7.2 /usr/local/bin/composer update

Reset to original state

vagrant destroy --force && vagrant up


vagrant reload --provision

Check which PHP versions have xdebug enabled

phpquery -v 5.6 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 7.0 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 7.1 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 7.2 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 7.3 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 7.4 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 8.0 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 8.1 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 8.2 -s fpm -m xdebug
phpquery -v 8.3 -s fpm -m xdebug

Enable the Xdebug module for the fpm SAPI of PHP version 5.6

phpenmod -v 5.6 -s fpm -m xdebug


Updated: 03 April 2024


The PHP Extension Community Library

PECL is a repository for PHP Extensions, providing a directory of all known extensions and hosting facilities for downloading and development of PHP extensions.


PHP Extension & Application Repository

PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components.

PHP code examples

Updated: 12 March 2024

Read contents of text file into a variable

$file_pointer = fopen('raw_bb_sample.txt', 'r') or die('Unable to open file!');
$sample = fread($file_pointer, filesize('raw_bb_sample.txt'));

Symfony testing

Updated: 04 April 2024

Testing (Symfony Docs)

Unit Tests

These tests ensure that individual units of source code (e.g. a single class or a method in a class) behave as intended. No different from writing standard PHPUnit unit tests.

Integration Tests

These tests test a combination of classes and commonly interact with Symfony’s service container. These tests do not yet cover the fully working application.

Application Tests

Verify the behavior of a complete application. They make HTTP requests (both real and simulated ones) and test that the response is as expected.

The output of the make:test command supplies a useful summary too

root@5b8333e33939:/var/www/html# bin/console make:test

 Which test type would you like?:
  [TestCase       ] basic PHPUnit tests
  [KernelTestCase ] basic tests that have access to Symfony services
  [WebTestCase    ] to run browser-like scenarios, but that do nott execute JavaScript code
  [ApiTestCase    ] to run API-oriented scenarios
  [PantherTestCase] to run e2e scenarios, using a real-browser or HTTP client and a real web server

Composer tool itself

Updated: 17 January 2023

Install Composer phar

curl -sS | php

Circumvent php memory limit

php -d memory_limit=-1 composer.phar install

Up / downgrade Composer itself

composer self-update --help
composer self-update --1
composer self-update --2

Composer in Docker

Updated: 17 January 2023

Require a new project as a dependency

docker run --rm \
    -v $(pwd):/app \
    composer/composer:latest \
    require slim/slim "^3.0"

Install all dependencies in a project

docker run --rm --interactive --tty --volume $PWD:/app composer install