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Skip symlinked vendor packages when updating #3254

noccy80 opened this Issue Sep 2, 2014 · 5 comments


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noccy80 commented Sep 2, 2014

To avoid cluttering my git repositories with lots of small changes, I often symlink libraries into the vendors directory of the app that uses them while I'm working on both. This causes problems when doing a composer update. It would be great if composer was aware of this, and could take the appropriate action:

  • Without --force just print out "ignoring symlinked package foo/bar..."
  • With --force, unlink the symlink and install the package fresh

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mikedfunk commented Nov 1, 2014



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white-gecko commented Nov 28, 2014

I think this issue is a duplicate of #601 and the whole topic is also partially mentioned in #2171


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Seldaek commented Sep 22, 2015

The new path repository ( lets you do this cleaner now.

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dantleech commented May 31, 2016

This would still be good imo.

I often work on a project and its multiple dependencies simultaneously - and those dependencies are projects in their own right in their own workspaces. So duplicating them and working in vendor is just somewhat confusing/frustrating - as I am then working on the same project in two different places. Hence I prefer to symlink.


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Seldaek commented May 31, 2016

@dantleech there is the path repo or that can do it cleanly, I'm not really willing to add dirty hacks like ignoring all symlinks.

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