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There are two kind of tests. The folder vendor/phpcr/phpcr-api-tests contains the phpcr-api-tests suite to test against the specification. This is what you want to look at when using jackalope as a PHPCR implementation.

Unit tests for the jackalope doctrine-dbal backend implememtation are in tests/Jackalope/Transport/DoctrineDBAL.

Note that the base jackalope repository contains some unit tests for jackalope in its tests folder.

API test suite

The phpunit.xml.dist is configured to run all tests. You can limit the tests to run by specifying the path to those tests to phpunit.

Note that the phpcr-api tests are skipped for features not implemented in jackalope. Have a look at the tests/inc/DoctrineDBALImplementationLoader.php file to see which features are currently skipped.

You should only see success or skipped tests, no failures or errors.


Careful: You should create a separate database for the tests, as the whole database is dropped each time you run a test.

You can use your favorite GUI frontend or just do something like this:


mysqladmin -u root -p  create phpcr_tests
echo "grant all privileges on phpcr_tests.* to 'jackalope'@'localhost' identified by '1234test'; flush privileges;" | mysql -u root -p


psql -c "CREATE ROLE jackalope WITH ENCRYPTED PASSWORD '1234test' NOINHERIT LOGIN;" -U postgres
psql -c "CREATE DATABASE phpcr_tests WITH OWNER = jackalope;" -U postgres

Test fixtures for functional tests are written in the JCR System XML format. The converted fixtures are not tracked in the repository, and get regenerated on each testrun.

To run the tests:

cd /path/to/jackalope-doctrine-dbal
# cp phpunit.xml.dist phpunit.xml
# adjust phpunit.xml as necessary

Note on JCR

It would be nice if we were able to run the relevant parts of the JSR-283 Technology Compliance Kit (TCK) against php implementations. Note that we would need to have some glue for things that look different in PHP than in Java, like the whole topic of Value and ValueFactory.

Once we manage to do that, we could hopefully also use the performance test suite

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