eZ Publish Platform 5.3 and higher
This page only applies to eZ Publish Platform 5.3 and higher, for earlier versions of the Enterprise version of eZ Publish consult Service Portal user guide available for download at support.ez.no. This page is also generic about using Composer, for instructions specific to a release, see release notes.
Keeping your system up-to-date is important, to make sure your it is running optimally and securely. The update mechanism in eZ Publish Platform is using the de facto standard PHP packaging system called Composer.
This makes it easy to adapt package installs and updates to your workflow, allowing you to test new/updated packages in a development environment, put the changes in your version control system (git, Subversion, Mercurial, etc.), pull in those changes on a staging environment and, when approved, put it in production.
This step is only needed once per machine (per project by default, but installing globally on the machine is also possible. For alternatives see: https://getcomposer.org/download/).
Composer is a command line tool, so the main way to install it is via command-line, example:
NB: this should be executed in the root directory of your eZ Publish installation.
Prerequisite to using composer
Setting up Authentication tokens for access to commercial updates
Out of the box composer uses a packaging repository called packagist.org to find all open source packages and their updates. Additional commercial packages are available for the eZ Publish Platform at updates.ez.no/bul/ (which is password protected, you will need to set up authentication tokens as described below to get access).
To get access to these updates log in to your service portal on support.ez.no. If your project is configured for eZ Publish Platform 5.3 or higher, you will see the following on the "Maintenance and Support agreement details" screen:
- Click "Create token" (This requires the "Portal administrator" access level.)
- Fill in a label describing the use of the token. This will allow you to revoke access later
- Example, if you need to provide access to updates to a third party a good to example would be "53-upgrade-project-by-partner-x"
- Copy the password, you will not get access to this again!
When running composer to get updates, you will be asked for a Username and Password. Use:
as Username: your Installation key found higher up on the "Maintenance and Support agreement details" page in the support portal
as Password: the token password you retrieved in step 3.
Support agreement expiry
If your Support agreement expires, your authentication token(s) will no longer work. They will become active again if the agreement is renewed, but this process may take up to 24 hours. (If the agreement is renewed before the expiry date, there will be no disruption of service.)
Optional: Save authentication information in auth.json to avoid repeatedly typing it
Composer will ask to do this for you on updates, however if it is disabled you can create
auth.json file manually in one of the following ways:
Option A: Store your credentials in project directory:
Option B: If you rather want to install it globally in COMPOSER_HOME directory for machine-wide use:
Update workflow Using composer
This section describes a best practice for use of composer, essentially it suggests treating updates like other code/configuration/* changes on your project tackling them on a development machine before staging them for roll out on staging/production.
1. Running composer update and version changes in development
Updating eZ Publish Platform via composer is nothing different then updating other projects via composer, but for illustration here is how you update your project locally:
At this stage you might need to manually clear Symfony's
prod environment class cache (cached interfaces and lazy services) in case the classes/interfaces in it has changed, this can be done in the following way:
When update has completed, and local install is verified to work, make sure to version (assuming you use a version control system like git) changes done to
composer.lock file. This is the file that contains all details of which versions are currently used and makes sure the same version is used among all developers, staging and eventually production when current changes are approved for production (assuming you have a workflow for this).
2. Installing versioned updates on other development machines and/or staging -> production
Installing eZ Publish Platform packages via Composer is nothing different then installing vanilla packages via Composer, and for illustration here is how you install versioned updates:
General notes on use of composer
Installing additional eZ packages via composer
Also requiring eZ Publish Platform packages via composer is nothing different then requiring vanilla packages via Composer, and for illustration here is how you install a eZ package:
Using Composer with Legacy
(eZ Publish) Legacy by design places all important customizable folders within it's own structure. This is not ideal with Composer, as installation and updates might cause them to become as provided by packages again.
To make sure you are safe from this, and to allow you to version these custom folders independently, it is recommended that you use symlinks and keep your custom settings, extensions and design outside of the ezpublish_legacy folder. To not have to manually deal with these symlinks it is recommended to use Composer
post-update-command script commands to make this automated.
All extensions not provided via composer is affected by this, currently the following extensions from eZ is not provided via composer and needs to be setup like proposed in this section: eznetwork, ezrecommendation and ezma.
Below is a illustration on how this can be setup, see Composer documentation for further info.
Avoid to use the following command:
php -d memory_limit=-1 composer.phar dump-autoload --optimize
It causes a PHP Warning "Ambiguous class resolution". For further information this issue to Stash Github repository.
The dumped file will be too big and can cause an overhead for any request, even Cache.
Best practice for Bundles
Best practice for Bundles is described in Symfony documentation under Best Practices for Reusable Bundles, with eZ bundles there is some notable exceptions:
- You may write your documentation using markdown (.md) if you prefer, however .rst is recommended if you plan to use writethedocs.org, as heavily used by many open source projects.
- For defining
"type", the following are at the moment known valid values:
- For eZ Platform and eZ Studio there is also:
ezplatform-bundle| Symfony bundles that uses eZ Platform features (may also be used by bundles that work across 5.x and 6.x
ezstudio-bundle| Symfony bundles that uses eZ Studio features (and optionally also eZ Platform features)