Jeroen Wellner

Mobile & Web Development

CakePHP deployment: keep one config

August 3, 2009

For a new project I started using the CakePHP framework. I work on this project on different servers. My laptop and desktop act as development servers and of course a production server. To manage my code I use subversion. Because I also like to check-in all my config files it would be nice to keep them the same in each environment.

To accomplish this I use a environment variable in my httpd.conf. This variable describes which config to use (development/test/production/etc). For now i have only used it on my database config but it would be easy to use for other config parameters.

other/ virtualhost section or httpd.conf (I like to keep all my domains in separate configs)


SetEnv APPLICATION_ENV development

SetEnv sets the APPLICATION_ENV envrionment variable to development for this virtual host. On your production environment you would set this to "production".

Next change your config/database.php to something like this:


var $default = array( 'driver' => 'mysql', 'persistent' => false, 'host' => 'localhost', 'login' => 'DEFAULT_LOGIN', 'password' => 'DEFAULT_PASSWORD', 'database' => 'DEFAULT_DATABASE', );

var $production = array( 'driver' => 'mysql', 'persistent' => false, 'host' => 'localhost', 'login' => 'PRODUCTION_LOGIN', 'password' => 'PRODUCTION_PASSWORD', 'database' => 'PRODUCTION_DATABASE', );

var $development = array( 'driver' => 'mysql', 'persistent' => false, 'host' => 'localhost', 'login' => 'DEVELOPMENT_LOGIN', 'password' => 'DEVELOPMENT_PASSWORD', 'database' => 'DEVELOPMENT_DATABASE', );

function _construct() { $env = getenv("APPLICATIONENV"); if( ($env) && isset($this->{$env})) { $this->default = array_merge($this->default, $this->{$env}); } } }

Notice the __construct function. This function merges the default database parameters with the current environment parameters.

When I have some time I will also change the core.php config to work like this so you can for example enable debugging on your development environment and disable it on production.