Tips and Tricks

When developing, some commands and tools have proven helpful. This page lists some (mostly unsorted) tips and tricks that make you more productive.


We use vm$> for commands to be executed inside the Vagrant-based development VM, and host$> for commands to be executed on the host PC as your normal user.

Connect to the VM

# execute this inside your top-level code directory
host$> cd vagrant
host$> vagrant ssh

Rebuild ORM (Doctrine) Entity

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site

# for only one class
vm$> ./bin/console doctrine:generate:entities LibrecoresProjectRepoBundle:Project

# for all classes
vm$> ./bin/console doctrine:generate:entities LibrecoresProjectRepoBundle

# finally, update the MySQL DB
vm$> ./bin/console doctrine:schema:update --force

Access the MySQL database


In the Vagrant development environment you can connect to the database with user “root” and password “password”.

To access the database through a web frontend, phpMyAdmin is your friend. You find it at http://pma.librecores.devel.

If you prefer to access the MySQL database on the command line, you need to SSH into the VM.

# use the mysql client to perform queries
vm$> mysql -uroot -ppassword librecores

# use mysqldump to get a dump of the whole database (or parts of it)
mysqldump -uroot -ppassword librecores

(Yes, the password is “password”.)

Asynchronous Processing with RabbitMQ

Access the RabbitMQ management plugin


  • Username: admin
  • Password: password

Run the consumer

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./bin/console rabbitmq:consumer -m 1 update_project_info

Test the producer: update one project

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
# update the project information of project 1 (needs the consumer!)
vm$> echo 1 | ./bin/console rabbitmq:stdin-producer update_project_info

Empty the queue

vm$> sudo rabbitmqctl purge_queue update-project-info

Run the consumer in debug mode

Sometimes the consumer script re-spawns and no useful error messages are available in the log files. In this case you can manually run the consumer to see the log messages.

# on staging/production
sudo systemctl stop librecores-rabbitmq.service
SYMFONY_ENV=prod SYMFONY_DEBUG=0 sudo -E -u www-data -- /usr/bin/php /var/www/lc/site/bin/console rabbitmq:consumer -vvv -w -l 256 -m 1 update_project_info
sudo systemctl start librecores-rabbitmq.service

Clean the Symfony caches

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./bin/console cache:clear

Remote PHP debugging

The development environment has Xdebug remote debugging enabled using the common default settings: xdebug.remote_port is set to port 9000 and xdebug.remote_connect_back is set to 1. Please refer to your IDEs manual for further information how to make use of this functionality.

Check the coding style of PHP code

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./vendor/bin/phpcs --runtime-set ignore_warnings_on_exit true -s \
  && echo You can commit: No errors found!

Use Algolia

LibreCores makes use of Algolia to provide the search functionality. Some settings of Algolia can be managed through its web UI, but most data and configuration is pushed from the LibreCores server. In a development environment using Algolia is optional (if it is not used, no search functionality is available). If Algolia should be used, first register an account at their web page (the basic account is free and sufficient for development).

Then the configuration needs to be inserted into the LibreCores web app (all data is available from the Algolia web UI). Specify the application id (site_algolia_app_id), the admin API key (site_algolia_api_key) and the search API key (site_algolia_search_api_key) in the corresponding configuration file in ansible/secrets (use dev-vagrant.secrets.yml for the development settings in Vagrant).

Then push the configuration to Algolia using the search:settings:push command (see below).

Afterwards push the data to the search indices using search:clear followed by search:import.

Clear indices

The data stored with Algolia can be removed using the following commands.

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./bin/console search:clear

Push data to Algolia (indexing)

To send data to Algolia to index it the data needs to be “imported”. This can be done using the following commands.

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./bin/console search:import

Backup settings

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./bin/console search:settings:backup

Push settings to Algolia

vm$> cd /var/www/lc/site
vm$> ./bin/console search:settings:push