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README.markdown
Author: Andreas Linde <mail@andreaslinde.de>

Copyright (c) 2009-2014 Andreas Linde.
All rights reserved.

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Main features of QuincyKit

  • (Automatically) send crash reports to a developers database
  • Let the user decide per crash to (not) send data or always send
  • The user has the option to provide additional information in the settings, like email address for contacting the user
  • Give the user immediate feedback if the crash is known and will be fixed in the next update, or if the update is already waiting at Apple for approval, or if the update is already available to install

Main features on backend side for the developer

  • Admin interface to manage the incoming crash log data
  • Script to symbolicate crash logs on the database, needs to be run on a mac with access to the DSYM files
  • Automatic grouping of crash files for most likely same kind of crashes
  • Maintain crash reports and sort them by using simple patterns. Automatically know how many times a bug has occured and easily filter the new ones in the DB
  • Assign bugfix versions for each crash group and define a status for each version, which can be used to provide some feedback for the user like: Bug already fixed, new version with bugfix already available, etc.

Server side files

  • /server/database_schema.sql contains all the default tables
  • /server/crash_v300.php is the file that is invoked by the iPhone app
  • /server/config.php contains database access information
  • /server/test_setup.php simple script that checks if everything required on the server is available
  • /server/admin/ contains all administration scripts
  • /server/admin/symbolicate.php needs to be copied to a local Mac, and the url has to be adjusted to access the scripts on your server

SERVER INSTALLATION

The server requires at least PHP 5.2 and a MySQL server installation!

  • Copy the server scripts to your web server: All files inside /server except the content of the /server/local directory
  • Execute the SQL statements from database_schema.sql in your MySQL database on the web server

SERVER DATABASE CONFIGURATION

  • Adjust settings in /server/CONFIG.PHP:

    $server = 'your.server.com'; // database server hostname $loginsql = 'database_username'; // username to access the database $passsql = 'database_password'; // password for the above username $base = 'database_name'; // database name which contains the below listed tables

  • Adjust $default_amount_crashes, this defines the amount of crashes listed right away per pattern, if there are more, those are shown after clicking on a link at the end of the shortened list

  • Adjust your local timezone in the last line: date_default_timezone_set('Europe/Berlin') (see http://de3.php.net/manual/en/timezones.php)
  • If you DO NOT want to limit the server to accept only data for your applications:
    • set $acceptallapps to true
  • Otherwise:
    • start the web interface
    • add the bundle identifiers of the permitted apps, e.g. "de.buzzworks.crashreporterdemo" (this is the same bundle identifier string as used in the info.plist of your app!)
  • Invoke test_setup.php via the browser to check if everything is setup correctly and Push can be used or not

  • If you are upgrading a previous edition, invoke 'migrate.php' first to update the database setup

UPDATE SERVER TO QUINCYKIT 3.0

Database schema and clients changed. Therefor it is recommended to setup a new installation!

SERVER ENABLE PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

  • NOTICE: Push Notification requires the Server PHP installation to have curl addon installed!
  • NOTICE: Push Notifications are implemented using Prowl iPhone app and web service, you need the app and an Prowl API key!
  • Adjust settings in /server/CONFIG.PHP:
    • set $push_activated to true
    • if you don't want a push message for every new pattern, set $push_newtype to false
    • adjust $notify_amount_group to the amount of crash occurences of a pattern when a push message should be sent
    • add up to 5 comma separated prowl api keys into $push_prowlids to receive the push messages on the device
    • adjust $notify_default_version, defines if you want to receive pushes for automatically created new versions for your apps
  • If push is activated, check the web interface for push settings per app version

SETUP LOCAL SYMBOLIFICATION

  • NOTICE: These are the instructions when using Mac OS X 10.6.2
  • Copy the files inside of /server/local onto a local directory on your Intel Mac running at least Mac OS X 10.6.2 having the iPhone SDK 3.x installed
  • Adjust settings in local/serverconfig.php
    • set $hostname to the server hostname running the server side part, e.g. www.crashreporterdemo.com
    • if the /admin/ directory on the server is access restricted, set the required username into $webuser and password into $webpwd
    • adjust the path to access the scripts (will be appended to $hostname):
      • $downloadtodosurl = '/admin/actionapi.php?action=getsymbolicationtodo'; // the path to the script delivering the todo list
      • $getcrashdataurl = '/admin/actionapi.php?action=getlogcrashid&id='; // the path to the script delivering the crashlog
      • $updatecrashdataurl = '/admin/crash_update.php'; // the path to the script updating the crashlog
  • Make the modified symbolicatecrash.pl file from the /server/local/ directory executable: chmod + x symbolicatecrash.pl
  • Copy the .app package and .app.dSYM package of each version into any directory of your Mac Best is to add the version number to the directory of each version, so multiple versions of the same app can be symbolicated. Example:

      QuincyDemo_1_0/QuincyDemo.app
      QuincyDemo_1_0/QuincyDemo.app.dSYM
      QuincyDemoBeta_1_1/QuincyDemoBeta.app
      QuincyDemoBeta_1_1/QuincyDemoBeta.app.dSYM
    
  • Test symbolification:

    • Download a crash report into the local directory from above
    • run symbolicatecrash nameofthecrashlogfile .
    • if the output shows function names and line numbers for your code and apples code, everything is fine and ready to go, otherwise there is a problem :(
  • If test was successful, try to execute php symbolicate.php This will print some error message which can be ignored
  • Open the web interface and check the crashlogs if they are now symbolicated
  • If everything went fine, setup a cron job
  • IMPORTANT: Don't forget to add new builds with .app and .app.dSYM packages to the directory, so symbolification will be done correctly There is currently no checking if a package is found in the directory before symbolification is started, no matter if it was or not, the result will be uploaded to the server

iOS Setup

For QuincyKit 3.0:

  • Include BWQuincyManager.h, BWQuincyManager.m, BWQuincyManagerDelegate.h, BWCrashReportTextFormatter.h, BWCrashReportTextFormatter.m, and Quincy.bundle into your project
  • Include CrashReporter.framework into your project
  • Add the Apple framework SystemConfiguration.framework to your project
  • In your appDelegate.m include

    #import "BWQuincyManager.h"

  • In your appDelegate applicationDidFinishLaunching: implementation include

    [[BWQuincyManager sharedQuincyManager] setSubmissionURL:@"http://yourserver.com/crash_v300.php"]; [[BWQuincyManager sharedQuincyManager] startManager];

  • If you want to implement any of the delegates, add the following before the startManager call:

    [[BWQuincyManager sharedQuincyManager] setDelegate:self];

    and set the protocol to your appDelegate:

    @interface YourAppDelegate : NSObject <BWQuincyManagerDelegate> {}
    
  • Done.

MAC Setup

  • Open the Quincy.xcodeproj in the folder client/Mac/
  • Build the Quincy.framework
  • Include Quincy.framework into your project
  • In your appDelegate.m include

    #import

  • In your appDelegate change the invocation of the main window to the following structure

    • (void)applicationDidFinishLaunching:(NSNotification *)note { // Launch the crash reporter task [[BWQuincyManager sharedQuincyManager] setSubmissionURL:@"http://yourserver.com/crash_v200.php"]; [[BWQuincyManager sharedQuincyManager] setDelegate:self]; }
  • If you want to implement any of the delegates, add the following before the startManager call:

    [[BWQuincyManager sharedQuincyManager] setDelegate:self];

    and set the protocol to your appDelegate:

    @interface YourAppDelegate : NSObject <BWQuincyManagerDelegate> {}
    
  • If you want to catch additional exceptions which the Mac runtime usually does not forward, open the Info.plist and set Principal class to BWQuincyCrashExceptionApplication. Check the header file of that class for further documentation.

  • Done.

BRANCHES:

The branching structure follows the git flow concept, defined by Vincent Driessen: http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

  • Master branch:

    The main branch where the source code of HEAD always reflects a production-ready state.

  • Develop branch:

    Consider this to be the main branch where the source code of HEAD always reflects a state with the latest delivered development changes for the next release. Some would call this the “integration branch”.

  • Feature branches:

    These are used to develop new features for the upcoming or a distant future release. The essence of a feature branch is that it exists as long as the feature is in development, but will eventually be merged back into develop (to definitely add the new feature to the upcoming release) or discarded (in case of a disappointing experiment).

  • Release branches:

    These branches support preparation of a new production release. By using this, the develop branch is cleared to receive features for the next big release.

  • Hotfix branches:

    Hotfix branches are very much like release branches in that they are also meant to prepare for a new production release, albeit unplanned.

Dependencies

Server

Web server supporting PHP 5.0+ and MySQL.

Mac OS X

Requires Max OS X 10.5+

iOS

Requires iOS 6.0+ (iOS 4.3 as lowest deployment target) Supports armv7, armv7s, arm64

iOS Support for non ARC projects

If you are including QuincyKit in an iOS project without Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) enabled, you will need to set the -fobjc-arc compiler flag on all of the QuincyKit source files. To do this in Xcode, go to your active target and select the "Build Phases" tab. In the "Compiler Flags" column, set -fobjc-arc for each of the QuincyKit source files.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The following 3rd party open source libraries have been used:

Feel free to add enhancements, fixes, changes and provide them back to the community!

Thanks
Andreas Linde
http://www.andreaslinde.com/ http://www.hockeyapp.net/

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