How to Create and store a Symfony2 Project in Subversion
How to Create and store a Symfony2 Project in Subversion¶
This entry is specifically about Subversion, and based on principles found in How to Create and store a Symfony2 Project in git.
Once you’ve read through Creating Pages in Symfony2 and become familiar with using Symfony, you’ll no-doubt be ready to start your own project. The preferred method to manage Symfony2 projects is using git but some prefer to use Subversion which is totally fine!. In this cookbook article, you’ll learn how to manage your project using svn in a similar manner you would do with git.
This is a method to tracking your Symfony2 project in a Subversion repository. There are several ways to do and this one is simply one that works.
The Subversion Repository¶
For this article it’s assumed that your repository layout follows the widespread standard structure:
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myproject/ branches/ tags/ trunk/
Initial Project Setup¶
To get started, you’ll need to download Symfony2 and get the basic Subversion setup:
Download the Symfony2 Standard Edition with or without vendors.
Unzip/untar the distribution. It will create a folder called Symfony with your new project structure, config files, etc. Rename it to whatever you like.
Checkout the Subversion repository that will host this project. Let’s say it is hosted on Google code and called
$ svn checkout http://myproject.googlecode.com/svn/trunk myproject
Copy the Symfony2 project files in the subversion folder:
$ mv Symfony/* myproject/
Let’s now set the ignore rules. Not everything should be stored in your subversion repository. Some files (like the cache) are generated and others (like the database configuration) are meant to be customized on each machine. This makes use of the
svn:ignoreproperty, so that specific files can be ignored.
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$ cd myproject/ $ svn add --depth=empty app app/cache app/logs app/config web $ svn propset svn:ignore "vendor" . $ svn propset svn:ignore "bootstrap*" app/ $ svn propset svn:ignore "parameters.ini" app/config/ $ svn propset svn:ignore "*" app/cache/ $ svn propset svn:ignore "*" app/logs/ $ svn propset svn:ignore "bundles" web $ svn ci -m "commit basic Symfony ignore list (vendor, app/bootstrap*, app/config/parameters.ini, app/cache/*, app/logs/*, web/bundles)"
The rest of the files can now be added and committed to the project:
$ svn add --force . $ svn ci -m "add basic Symfony Standard 2.X.Y"
parameters.inifile is ignored by svn (see above) so that machine-specific settings like database passwords aren’t committed. By creating the
parameters.ini.distfile, new developers can quickly clone the project, copy this file to
parameters.ini, customize it, and start developing.
Finally, download all of the third-party vendor libraries:
$ php bin/vendors install
git has to be installed to run
bin/vendors, this is the protocol
used to fetch vendor libraries. This only means that
git is used as
a tool to basically help download the libraries in the
At this point, you have a fully-functional Symfony2 project stored in your Subversion repository. The development can start with commits in the Subversion repository.
You can continue to follow along with the Creating Pages in Symfony2 chapter to learn more about how to configure and develop inside your application.
The Symfony2 Standard Edition comes with some example functionality. To remove the sample code, follow the instructions in the “How to remove the AcmeDemoBundle” article.
Managing Vendor Libraries with bin/vendors and deps¶
How does it work?¶
Every Symfony project uses a group of third-party “vendor” libraries. One
way or another the goal is to download these files into your
directory and, ideally, to give you some sane way to manage the exact version
you need for each.
By default, these libraries are downloaded by running a
php bin/vendors install
“downloader” script. This script reads from the
deps file at the root
of your project. This is an ini-formatted script, which holds a list of each
of the external libraries you need, the directory each should be downloaded to,
and (optionally) the version to be downloaded. The
git to downloaded these, solely because these external libraries
themselves tend to be stored via git. The
bin/vendors script also reads
deps.lock file, which allows you to pin each library to an exact
git commit hash.
It’s important to realize that these vendor libraries are not actually part
of your repository. Instead, they’re simply un-tracked files that are downloaded
vendor/ directory by the
bin/vendors script. But since all
the information needed to download these files is saved in
(which are stored) in the repository), any other developer can use the
php bin/vendors install, and download the exact same set
of vendor libraries. This means that you’re controlling exactly what each
vendor library looks like, without needing to actually commit them to your
So, whenever a developer uses your project, he/she should run the
php bin/vendors install
script to ensure that all of the needed vendor libraries are downloaded.
There is also a
php bin/vendors update command, but this has nothing
to do with upgrading your project and you will normally not need to use
it. This command is used to freeze the versions of all of your vendor libraries
by updating them to the version specified in
deps and recording it
Hacking vendor libraries¶
Sometimes, you want a specific branch, tag, or commit of a library to be downloaded
or upgraded. You can set that directly to the
deps file :
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[AcmeAwesomeBundle] git=http://github.com/johndoe/Acme/AwesomeBundle.git target=/bundles/Acme/AwesomeBundle version=the-awesome-version
gitoption sets the URL of the library. It can use various protocols, like
http://as well as
targetoption specifies where the repository will live : plain Symfony bundles should go under the
vendor/bundles/Acmedirectory, other third-party libraries usually go to
vendor/my-awesome-library-name. The target directory defaults to this last option when not specified.
versionoption allows you to set a specific revision. You can use a tag
version=origin/0.42) or a branch name (
refs/remotes/origin/awesome-branch). It defaults to
When you execute the
php bin/vendors install, for every library, the script first
checks if the install directory exists.
If it does not (and ONLY if it does not), it runs a
Then, it does a
git fetch origin and a
git reset --hard the-awesome-version.
This means that the repository will only be cloned once. If you want to perform any change of the git remote, you MUST delete the entire target directory, not only its content.
Subversion hosting solutions¶
- Self hosting: create your own repository and access it either through the filesystem or the network. To help in this task you can read Version Control with Subversion.
- Third party hosting: there are a lot of serious free hosting solutions available like GitHub, Google code, SourceForge or Gna. Some of them offer git hosting as well.
This work, including the code samples, is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license.