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  • Composer
  • PHP Phar extension
  • PhantomJS (in order to run JavaScript during Behat tests)

Install build system

Before we can build the NextEuropa platform we need to install the build system itself. This can be done using composer:

$ composer install


If you have a global install of composer already, this may cause conflict. Try the command below.

$ curl -sS | php

Customize build properties

Create a new file in the root of the project named using your favourite text editor:

$ vim

This file will contain configuration which is unique to your development machine. This is mainly useful for specifying your database credentials and the username and password of the Drupal admin user so they can be used during the installation.

Because these settings are personal they should not be shared with the rest of the team. Make sure you never commit this file!

All options you can use can be found in the file. Just copy the lines you want to override and change their values. For example:

# The location of the Composer binary.
composer.bin = /usr/bin/composer

# The install profile to use. = multisite_drupal_standard

# Database settings. = my_database
drupal.db.user = root
drupal.db.password = hunter2

# Admin user.
drupal.admin.username = admin
drupal.admin.password = admin

# The base URL to use in Behat tests.
behat.base_url = http://nexteuropa.local

Listing the available build commands

You can get a list of all the available Phing build commands ("targets") with a short description of each target with the following command:

$ ./bin/phing

Building a local development environment

$ ./bin/phing build-platform-dev
$ ./bin/phing install-platform

Running Behat tests

The Behat test suite is located in the tests/ folder. When the development version is installed (by running ./bin/phing build-platform-dev) the Behat configuration files (behat*.yml) will be generated automatically using the base URL that is defined in

If you are not using the development build but one of the other builds (build-platform-dist or build-multisite-dist) and you want to run the tests then you'll need to set up the Behat configuration manually:

$ ./bin/phing setup-behat

In order to run JavaScript in your Behat tests, you must launch a PhantomJS instance before. Use the --debug parameter to get more information. Please be sure that the webdriver's port you specify corresponds to the one in your Behat configuration (wd_host: "http://localhost:8643/wd/hub").

$ phantomjs --debug=true --webdriver=8643

The tests can also be run from the root of the repository (or any other folder) by calling the behat executable directly and specifying the location of the behat*.yml configuration file.

The tests can be executed from the root folder of the build:

$ cd build/
$ ../bin/behat -c tests/behat.yml

With a single Phing task, you can run every tests suites:

./bin/phing behat

If you want to run only one specific tests suite (defined in its own configuration file), you can specifiy it as a parameter:

# Running the tests from the repository root folder.
$ ./bin/behat -c tests/behat.yml

If you want to execute a single test, just provide the path to the test as an argument. The tests are located in tests/features/. For example:

$ ./bin/behat -c tests/behat.api.yml tests/features/content_editing.feature

Some tests need to mimic external services that listen on particular ports, e.g. the central server of the Integration Layer. If you already have services running on the same ports, they will conflict. You will need to change the ports used in

Remember to specify the right configuration file before running the tests.

Checking for coding standards violations

When a development build is created by executing the 'build-platform-dev' Phing target PHP CodeSniffer will be set up and can be run with the following command:

# Scan all files for coding standards violations.
$ ./bin/phpcs

# Scan only a single folder.
$ ./bin/phpcs profiles/common/modules/custom/ecas