A simple module to allow asynchronous task processing via the Gearman job server. Tasks can either be fired as events and forgotten, or a reference can be returned for further checking.
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Ibuildings Gearman Module


To be able to use this module, you will need to install the Gearman library and the PHP Gearman classes. This is done as follows:

$ sudo apt-get install libgearman-dev
$ sudo pecl install gearman

Alternatively, and not as preferable, you can use the Net_Gearman classes available on PEAR, however there is reduced functionality when using this. To install the classes you will need only to run the following:

$ sudo pear install Net_Gearman

You will also need to ensure that your PEAR directory is in your PHP include_path.

Furthermore, if you wish to have the gearman server running locally, you will need to install the gearman job server:

$ sudo apt-get install gearman-job-server

Using the module

Once you have installed the module, you will need to configure it so that it knows where how to connect to your job server(s). This is done view the Configuration section of the Magento administration section.

There are two ways in which the module can be used, either by simply firing an event (in which case you will not be able to track the job after it has been sent), like so:

$event = array();
$event['queue'] = 'test';
$event['task']  = array(
    'id'       => 1234,
    'payload'  => 'This is a string!',
    'callback' => 'http://some.server.com/stuff_was_done.php'
Mage::dispatchEvent('gearman_do_async_task', $event);

If, however, you wish to be able to query the server for the status of your submitted task, you will need to instantiate the queue directly (please note that this is not available if you used the Net_Gearman classes rather than the Gearman extension):

$queue = Mage::getModel('gearman/queue');
$task = array();
$task['queue']    = 'test';
$task['task']     = array(
    'id'         => 1234,
    'payload'    => 'This is a string!'
$id = $queue->dispatchTask($task);

// If you so desire you can halt execution until work is done,
// or simply send the job ID to the client for Ajax polling, etc.
do {
    $ret = $queue->checkTaskComplete($id);
while (!$ret);

For the event/task array, the 'queue' key is the name of the job queue function that you wish to have process your task. If you omit, or mis-spell this, no work will be done - or worse, work will be done by the wrong queue! The 'task' item is what will be sent to the worker at the other end of the queue and may contain any arbitrary data. In the examples given above, there is an ID, some data and an optional callback URI, however, this is entirely up to the specifics of your implementation.

Using the same structure, you can also submit a blocking method to a queue by using the blockingCall() method. This will return the results of your function call directly. Due to the limitations of Net_Gearman this is not available unless you are using the Gearman extension.

$ret = $queue->blockingCall($task);

An example, if not very functional, worker is shown below as an demo of how you might go about implementing a simple standalone worker based on using the Gearman extension and not the Net_Gearman classes:


$worker = new GearmanWorker();
$worker->addServer('', 4730);
$worker->addFunction('test', 'test_fn');

echo "Waiting for work...\n";
while ($worker->work()) {
    if ($worker->returnCode() !== GEARMAN_SUCCESS) {
        echo "Ooops: " . $worker->returnCode() . "\n";

function test_fn($job)
    $task = unserialize($job->workload());
    $task['payload'] = strrev($task['payload']);
    if (isset($task['callback'])) {
        $task['result'] = file_get_contents($task['callback']);
    return serialize($task);

Should you prefer to call a function in an object, statically of course, then you need to pass an array into the addFunction() method as follows:

$worker->addFunction('test', array('MyStaticClass', 'workerMethod'));

Unit Tests

In order to be able to run the Unit tests for this module, you will also need to have installed and setup the Ibuildings Mage_Test module, available on GitHub. Once you have this setup, you will need to change the BASE_URL constant in QueueTest.php to reflect your development server.