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baskit - PHP Build Environment

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baskit is a zc.buildout/virtualenv/rvm style sandboxed build environment for PHP, based on PEAR and Phing.

Using baskit you can create a build environment separate from your system, that uses your system installed PHP, but with it's own dependencies (e.g. specific versions of PEAR installable packages), and run automated build tasks against this environment with Phing.


The requirements for baskit are:

  • PHP v5.0+
  • PEAR (not PEAR2, but maybe in the future)
  • A Unix shell like bash or zsh (in the future it should be easy to support others, like CMD or PowerShell on Windows)

Using Git submodules

git submodule add baskit
git commit -m 'Added baskit'

# You probably want a specific version
cd baskit
git checkout 1.0.8
cd ..
git add baskit
git commit -m 'Switched to baskit 1.0.8'

When you come to bootstrap your environment you would reference the baskit script as being in baskit, e.g. in your project base you would run php baskit/baskit.

Using Subversion externals

svn propget svn:externals . > /tmp/baskit_svn_externals
echo "baskit" >> /tmp/baskit_svn_externals
svn propset svn:externals -F /tmp/baskit_svn_externals
svn ci -m 'Added baskit'
svn up

Caveat emptor: Because this is a checkout from Github's SVN mirroring service, there is no support for pinning to branches or tags, so using this you'd be stuck with whatever is at HEAD.

You can pin the external to a specific commit in the Github virtual SVN repo, e.g.:

baskit -r 100

However you'll have to work out which commit to pin to yourself as it would be very difficult to update this document every release with the correct revision reported by

Using PEAR

To install using system installed PEAR:

sudo pear channel-discover
sudo pear install baskit/baskit

To install locally only, drop sudo:

pear channel-discover
pear install baskit/baskit

Then you should be able to run from anywhere as a system command:


If this doesn't work you may need to run from PHP:

php baskit

Using the Debian/Ubuntu package

curl -C - -O
sudo dpkg -i baskit-1.0.8-1_all.deb

Using the Fedora/Redhat/CentOS package

curl -C - -O
sudo yum install baskit-1.0.0.noarch.rpm


To create a new environment run the baskit script in your project base dir, e.g. if installed via PEAR, Deb or RPM:


Or if you've copied in via Git or SVN:

php baskit/baskit

Which will give you a ./bin directory with scripts for PEAR, Phing and PHP:

bin/pear version
bin/phing -version
bin/php -v

# This will install PEAR's Net_URL2 into the local build environment
bin/pear install Net_URL2

And a ./parts directory containing PEAR itself:

ls parts/pear/php/

To make building your project and installing dependencies easier and more maintainable, baskit includes some Phing tasks and targets:

Phing Tasks

  • PearInstallTask - A Phing task to install a depenedency into the local PEAR sandbox, also supports installing custom PEAR channels.
  • PhpMigrateTask - A version of the core Phing DbDeployTask that allows running migrations written in PHP rather than SQL, you can use this yourself or use the pre-written migrations.xml target (see Phing Targets).

Phing Targets

  • install_requirements.xml - Installs a list of non-PEAR dependencies from web URLs, with version checking, caching and support for zips and gzipped tars.
  • migrations.xml - Target for deploying all undeployed SQL and PHP database migrations (currently missing "undo" target for reverting to previous migration)..
  • wordpress.xml - Target for installing a Wordpress blog from scratch, and any Wordpress plugins, with version checking and caching.
  • apache.xml - Convenience target for generating an Apache2 virtualhost conf file in ./var.

For a more information on using the baskit Phing build components take a look at the example project in ./example (read ./example/ first).

Building baskit yourself

baskit can be installed via a number of different packaging forms, as well as used directly from the PHP/XML source, to generate these packages yourself (such as the PEAR package or RPM) you can use baskit to bootstrap and build itself from a checkout:

git checkout
cd baskit

# You can also build a specific package by naming one of the following targets
# build_pear
# build_deb
# build_rpm
# e.g.
bin/phing build_rpm

The Debian and RPM targets require some system packages to be present, e.g. on a Debian/Ubuntu system we would install:

sudo apt-get install dpkg-dev dh-make rpm
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