21. Mar 2023 |

Use specific php version in cli

In Zone webhosting I have several apps under one account. WordPress websites use PHP 7.4 (as WP does not support php 8). But my Laravel apps use PHP 8.

I can choose php version for server. For example:

laravel-app.mydomain.com – this uses php 8.0
wordpress.mydomain.com – this uses php 7.4

If I need to use command line interface (cli) then php version is always the same that I have set for my main domain settings. If I need to use specific PHP version in cli then I need PHPRC prefix before command of export PHPRC in the beginning of the bash script.

export PHPRC=/etc/opt/zone/php80-cgi
php80-cli -v


3. Nov 2022 |

Disable xdebug and fix Postman output

At some point var_dump in Postman started printing HTML instead of json and made debugging experience worse. I used php artisan serve and suspected that my CLI php is using xdebug. This advice I found helpful.

sudo phpdismod -s cli xdebug – to disable xdebug

sudo phpenmod -s cli xdebug – to enable xdebug

This is how you can disable and enable xdebug from command line. After this that <pre> thing should go away from Postman responses.

22. Oct 2022 |

Laravel associative array to collection for unit test

I need to test helper method that accepts Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Collection as a parameter. But I can not figure out how to prepare it inside a unit test. My logic says it should be simple to create Collection from assoc array. But I just can’t get it to work.

At the moment, not to get stuck, I will probably use feature testing (because if feature (API endpoint) works then probably my helper method also works). Though, it feels stupid workaround.

21. Oct 2022 |

php artisan test – No tests executed

I spend my time so that you don’t have to.

If you are getting the response “No tests executed” from php artisan test then please check that your test classes have their names in singular. ContactTest instead of ContactTests.

I spent like 3h to figure out why my Feature tests don’t run from command line while working well in phpStorm. The reason was that my class names were in plural.


18. Oct 2022 |

Laravel – run PHPUnit test on separate database (with phpStorm)

In phpStorm see Settings -> PHP -> Test Frameworks -> Test Runner. Check if you have default configuration file phpunit.xml checked. No need to change anything in this file.

Create .env.testing and copy whole DB_ block from .env (not just parts that are different). Change values to your test database values.

Then run php artisan config:clear which will clear configuration cache.

Everything should work 🙂

I spent several hours figuring it out. Hopefully you don’t.

12. Oct 2022 |

php versions

As I use composer packages more and more I need to switch between php versions used in terminal. Some notes here for myself.

  • How to install and remove php
  • which php – where php is installed
  • php -v – which php is currently in use in terminal
  • ls -la /usr/bin/php* – which php versions are installed in the system

Install php on Ubuntu

sudo update-alternatives --config php – see options and switch between versions.

For installation I took commands from this instruction.

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Install php7.4 with few common PHP modules (also Digital Ocean post)

sudo apt-get install -y php7.4 php7.4-cli php7.4-json php7.4-common php7.4-mysql php7.4-zip php7.4-gd php7.4-mbstring php7.4-curl php7.4-xml php7.4-bcmath

Digital Ocean gives following suggestions for packages:

sudo apt-get install -y php8.1 php8.1-cli php8.1-common php8.1-mysql php8.1-zip php8.1-gd php8.1-mbstring php8.1-curl php8.1-xml php8.1-bcmath

For uninstalling just use:

sudo apt remove php7.4 etc or the php -m to list all loaded PHP modules.

sudo apt autoremove

Composer broke down

StackOverflow solution and install composer the old way.

10. Oct 2022 |


Some wp allimport XPath filters for myself.

[sku[1] = "WT806"]
[brand[1] = "WOLF"]
[BrandName[1] = "TRIANGLE" and ImageId[1][string()]]

9. Oct 2022 |

Class ‘phpunit’ could not be found

Created new Laravel project by composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app. Trying to run tests/Feature/ExampleTest.php in PhpStorm and I get an error Class 'phpunit' could not be found in '/home/robert/phpunit-test-app/vendor/phpunit/phpunit/phpunit'. What does it even mean?! 😀 There are no answers on Google at the moment and this post will probably rank well.


For some reason my CLI interpreter did not make any sense. It took me quite a few hours to figure it out.