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Symfony Content Management Framework Sandbox

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This sandbox is a testing ground for the cmf bundles being developed.

It is based on the Symfony Standard edition and adds all cmf related bundles on top of the standard edition bundles.

Link to the live demo

Getting started

You can run the sandbox on your system, or in a virtualbox VM using Vagrant. For the latter, see "Getting started using Vagrant"

You will need:

  • Git 1.6+
  • PHP 5.3.3+
  • php5-intl
  • phpunit 3.6+ (optional)
  • composer

Initial setup and configuration

git clone git://
cd cmf-sandbox
curl -s | php --
php composer.phar install

Note: On Windows you need to run the shell as Administrator or edit the composer.json and change the line "symfony-assets-install": "symlink" to "symfony-assets-install": "" If you fail to do this you might receive:

Unable to create symlink due to error code 1314: 'A required privilege is not held by the client'. Do you have the required Administrator-rights?

At the end of the installation you will be interactively asked several configuration questions. Note that by default you will end up with a configuration using SQLite and Doctrine DBAL for storage. If you want to adjust the configuration to use Jackrabbit please look at the following section.

Install and run Apache JackRabbit

Follow the guide in the Jackalope Wiki. You can also use a different PHPCR implementation but this is the most solid implementation.

Once you have that, copy the default jackalope-jackrabbit configuration file, adjust it as needed and install the dependencies with composer:

cp app/config/phpcr_jackrabbit.yml.dist app/config/phpcr.yml

The last command will fetch the main project and all its dependencies (CMF Bundles, Symfony, Doctrine\PHPCR, Jackalope ... ). You might want to have a look at the app/config/parameters.yml and adjust as needed.

Install the Doctrine DBAL provider (optional)

Instead of phpcr_jackrabbit.yml.dist, use the phpcr_doctrine_dbal*.yml.dist files and create the database accordingly. If you have the PHP sqlite extension available, this is the simplest to quickly try out the CMF. Copy the file and then install the dependencies:

cp app/config/phpcr_doctrine_dbal.yml.dist app/config/phpcr.yml

The Doctrine DBAL implementation is installed by default already along side the Jackrabbit implementation.

To disable the meta data and node cache for debugging comment the caches settings in the phpcr.yml.

Then, create the database and tables and set up the default workspace using:

php app/console doctrine:database:create
php app/console doctrine:phpcr:init:dbal

Prepare the PHPCR repository

First you need to create a workspace that will hold the data for the sandbox. The default parameters.yml defines the workspace to be 'default'. You can change this of course. If you do, f.e. to 'sandbox, also run the following command:

php app/console doctrine:phpcr:workspace:create sandbox

Once your workspace is set up, you need to register the node types for PHPCR-ODM:

php app/console doctrine:phpcr:repository:init

Import the fixtures

The admin backend is still in an early stage. Until it improves, the easiest is to programmatically create data. The best way to do that is with the doctrine data fixtures. The DoctrinePHPCRBundle included in the symfony-cmf repository provides a command to load fixtures:

php app/console -v doctrine:phpcr:fixtures:load

Run this to load the fixtures from the Sandbox AppBundle.

Setup filesystem permissions

As with any Symfony2 installation, you need to set up some filesystem permissions. A good guide is in the Symfony2 installation guide. If you use the default setup, an sqlite database will be created at app/app.sqlite. You need to set up permissions for this file and the app/ folder with the method you chose from the installation guide.

If you just want to move on and try out the sandbox for now, you can run:

sudo chmod -R 777 app/

Access by web browser

Create an apache virtual host entry along the lines of:

<Virtualhost *:80>
    Servername cmf.lo
    DocumentRoot /path/to/symfony-cmf/cmf-sandbox/web
    <Directory /path/to/symfony-cmf/cmf-sandbox>
        AllowOverride All

And add an entry to your hosts file for cmf.lo

If you are running Symfony2 for the first time, run http://cmf.lo/config.php to ensure your system settings have been setup inline with the expected behaviour of the Symfony2 framework.

Note however that "Configure your Symfony Application online" is not supported in the sandbox.

Then point your browser to http://cmf.lo/app_dev.php

Production environment

In order to run the sandbox in production mode at http://cmf.lo/ you need to generate the doctrine proxies and dump the assetic assets:

php app/console cache:warmup --env=prod --no-debug
php app/console assetic:dump --env=prod --no-debug

Getting started using Vagrant

please checkout the in the vagrant/ folder of the project

Other hints


The PHPCR ODM Bundle provides a couple of useful commands in the doctrine:phpcr namespace. Type app/console to see them all.

Admin interface

There is a proof-of-concept admin interface using the SonataPhpcrAdminBundle at http://cmf.lo/app_dev.php/admin/dashboard

Basically you have paginated lists for two types of documents. You create new documents, edit and delete them. Some filtering is available in the list. This bundle is an implementation of Sonata Admin Bundle

At the moment there is no notion of parents and sons in the admin bundle.

Run the test suite

Functional tests are written with PHPUnit. Note that Bundles and Components are tested independently:

php app/console doctrine:phpcr:workspace:create sandbox_test
phpunit -c app

Remove demo configuration

If you start a project from the sandbox, remove .sensiolabs.yml as its not a good example for production use.

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