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Run/Debug Configuration: PHPSpec

This dialog box is available only when the PHP and PHPSpec plugins are installed and enabled. The plugins are activated by default. If the plugins are disabled, enable them on the Plugins settings page as described in Managing Plugins.

Use this dialog box to create a configuration to be used for running and debugging unit tests on PHP applications using the PHPSpec toolset.

On this page:

Before you start

To run PHPSpec tests:

  1. Install and configure the PHPSpec toolset on your computer as described in Testing with PHPSpec.

  2. Make sure the PHP and PHPSpec plugins are enabled. The plugins are activated by default. If the plugins are disabled, enable them on the Plugins settings page as described in Managing Plugins.

Test Runner area

In this area, appoint the specifications to launch and the command line switches to be passed to PHPSpec.

Item

Description

Test scope

In this area, specify the location of specifications or the configuration file where they are listed.
  • Directory: select this option to have all the specifications in a directory launched.

    In the Directory text box, appoint the directory to search for *Spec.php files with specifications in. Type the path to the directory manually or click Browse browseButton.png and select the desired directory in the Choose Test Directory dialog box, that opens.

  • File: select this option to have all the specifications in a particular *Spec.php file launched.
    1. In the File text box, specify the *Spec.php file to search the specifications in. Type the path to the file manually or click Browse browseButton.png and select the desired directory in the dialog box, that opens.

    2. In the Class text box, specify the desired class. Type the class name manually or click Browse browseButton.png and select the desired class in the tree view, that opens.

  • Specification: select this option to have a particular specification launched.
    1. In the File text box, specify the *Spec.php file to search for the specification in. Type the file name manually or click Browse browseButton.png and select the desired file in the tree view, that opens.

    2. In the specification text box, type the desired specification.

  • Defined in the configuration file: select this option to have PHPSpec execute the tests from a dedicated .yml configuration file.

    By default, PHPSpec uses the configuration file appointed in the Test Runner area of the Test Frameworks page. In its turn, this can be either the native configuration file (phpspec.yml or phpspec.yml.dist) or any other .yml configuration file which you specified as Default during the initial configuration of PHPSpec in PhpStorm.

    • To have the default for all PHPSpec run configurations file used, clear the Use alternative configuration file checkbox.

    • To launch specifications from a custom configuration file, select the Use alternative configuration file checkbox and specify the location of the desired .yml file in the text box next to it.

    • To open the PHPSpec page and specify another default configuration file to use, click the icons general gearPlain svg button.

Command Line area

In this area, customize the behavior of the current PHP interpreter by specifying the options and arguments to be passed to the PHP executable file.

Item

Description

Interpreter options

In this text box, specify the options to be passed to the PHP executable file. They override the default behavior of the PHP interpreter and/or ensure that additional activities are performed.

If necessary, click icons general expandComponent svg and type the desired options in the Command Line Options dialog box. Type each option on a new line. When you close the dialog box, they are all displayed in the Command line options text box with spaces as separators.

Custom working directory

In this text box, specify the location of the files that are outside the folder with tests and are referenced in your tests through relative paths.
This setting does not block the test execution because the location of tests is always specified through a full path to the corresponding files and/or directories.
By default, the field is empty and the working directory is the root of the project.

Environment variables

In this field, specify the environment variables be passed to the built-in server. See Environment Variables in Apache for details.

Common options

When you edit a run configuration (but not a run configuration template), you can specify the following options for it:

Item

Description

Name

In this text box, specify the name for the run/debug configuration. The name will help you identify the created configuration when you choose to edit it later, or when you invoke it, for example, from the Run popup (Shift+Alt+F10).

Share

Select this checkbox to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea \runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

Allow running in parallel

When disabled, every time a new run/debug configuration is launched, PhpStorm checks the presence of the other instances of the same run/debug configuration, and displays a confirmation dialog box. If you click OK in the confirmation dialog box, the first instance of the runner will be stopped, and the next one will take its place.

This makes sense when the usage of certain resources can cause conflicts, or when launching two run/debug configurations of the same type consumes too much of the CPU and memory resources.

If this checkbox is selected, it is possible to launch as many instances of the run/debug configuration as required. So doing, each runner will start in its own tab of the Run Tool Window or Debug Tool Window.

Toolbar

The tree view of run/debug configurations has a toolbar that helps you manage configurations available in your project as well as adjust default configurations templates.

Item

Shortcut

Description

icons general add svgAlt+Insert

Create a run/debug configuration.

icons general remove svgAlt+Delete

Delete the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you cannot delete default configurations.

Copy

Ctrl+D

Create a copy of the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you create copies of default configurations.

Edi Templates

Edit Templates

View and edit the default template for the selected run/debug configuration. The templates are used for newly created configurations.

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Alt+Up/Alt+Down

Move the selected run/debug configuration up and down in the list.

The order of configurations in the list defines the order, in which the configurations appear when you choose a run/debug configuration.

Default templates of run/debug configurations are always sorted alphabetically.

Move into new folder / Create new folder

Move into new folder / Create new folder

You can group run/debug configurations by placing them into folders.

To create a folder, select the configurations within a category, click Folder, and specify the folder name. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Then, to move a configuration into a folder, between the folders or out of a folder, use drag-and-drop or Move Up and Move Down buttons.

To remove grouping, select a folder and click Remove Configuration.

Sort configurations

Sort configurations

Click this button to sort configurations in the alphabetical order.

Templates

Under the Templates node in the tree view of run configurations, you can select a run configuration template and edit its default settings. This will not affect the configurations that are already created, but will be used as defaults when creating new configurations of the corresponding type.

When you select the Templates node itself, you will be able to adjust general settings that apply to all run/debug configurations:

Item

Description

Configurations available in Run Dashboard

In this section you can create a list of run configurations available in the Run Dashboard — a tool window that helps you execute and manage multiple run/debug configurations.

Note that the dashboard will only display the configuration types for which you have created one ore more configurations.
Thus, if you add a configuration type for which no configurations exist in the project, this type will not be displayed on the dashboard until you create a configuration of this type.

Confirm rerun with process termination

The behavior of this checkbox depends on whether the Single instance only option is selected for a particular run/debug configuration.
  • If this checkbox is selected, in case of a single instance, launching a new process (for example, by clicking Run on the main toolbar) while another process is still running, results in showing a dialog box prompting to terminate the current process before launching a new one.

  • If this checkbox is not selected (or in case of multiple instances), PhpStorm starts the new process silently.

Temporary configurations limit

Specify the maximum number of temporary configurations to be stored and shown in the Select Run/Debug Configuration drop-down list.

Before Launch options

In this area you can specify tasks that must be be performed before starting the selected run/debug configuration. The tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.

Item

Shortcut

Description

icons general add svgAlt+Insert

Click this icon to add one of the following available tasks:

  • Run External tool: select to run an external application. In the dialog that opens, select one or multiple applications you want to run. If it is not defined in PhpStorm yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools and External Tools.

  • Run Another Configuration: select to execute another run/debug configuration. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to be run.

  • Launch Web Browser: select this option to have a browser started. In the dialog that opens, select the type of the browser and provide the start Url. Also, specify if you want the browser be launched with JavaScript debugger.

  • Run File Watchers: select this option to have PhpStorm apply all the currently active file watchers.

  • Run Grunt task: select this option to run a Grunt task. In the Grunt task dialog box that opens, specify the Gruntfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Grunt tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the grunt-cli package.

  • Run Gulp task: select this option to run a Gulp task. In the Gulp task dialog box that opens, specify the Gulpfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Gulp tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the gulp package.

  • Run npm Script: select this option to execute an npm script. In the NPM Script dialog box that opens, specify the npm run/debug configuration settings.

  • Compile TypeScript: select to run the built-in TypeScript compiler and thus make sure that all the changes you made to your TypeScript code are reflected in the generated JavaScript files. In the TypeScript Compile Settings dialog that opens, select or clear the Check errors checkbox to configure the behaviour of the compiler in case any errors are detected:
    • If the Check errors checkbox is selected, the compiler will show all the errors and the run configuration will not start.

    • If the Check errors checkbox is cleared, the compiler will show all the detected errors but the run configuration still will be launched.

  • Run Phing target: add this task to execute the specified Phing target prior to running or debugging. To appoint a Phing target, click Browse browse and select the desired target in the dialog that opens.

  • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps: select this option to generate the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located.

  • Upload files to Remote Host: select this option to have the application files automatically uploaded to the server according to the default server access configuration.

  • Run Remote External tool: adds a remote SSH external tool.

icons general remove svgAlt+Delete

Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.

Edit

Enter

Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.

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Alt+Up/Alt+Down

Click these icons to move the selected task one line up or down in the list. (The tasks are performed in the order that they appear in the list.)

Show this page

Select this checkbox to show the run/debug configuration settings prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.

Activate tool window

If this checkbox is selected, which it is by default, the Run or the Debug tool window opens when you start the run/debug configuration.

Otherwise, the tool window isn't shown. However, when the configuration is running, you can open the corresponding tool window for it yourself by pressing Alt+4 or Alt+5.

Last modified: 7 December 2018

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