So, here’s a tip that would have saved me about 10 minutes of frustrated work today. As clearly stated in the PHP manual, when you’re setting the mode for a file via a number, the number must be expressed as octal. What this means is that the leading zero that is typically implicit when using chmod from the command like (e.g.
chmod 777 <file>) is not implicit when calling chmod from PHP. You have to supply the leading zero, meaning you call something like
Now, you might be wondering why someone would be calling chmod from PHP anyway. I know I would be. Well, I’m doing so for testing purposes. I have begun using Behat with the Mink extension for behavioral testing. I have an sqlite database that gets used with test data for these tests (the actual application uses MySQL, and yes, keeping those two in sync is a pain, especially when triggers are involved, but I digress).
Anyway, because of the way Behat works in conjunction with my running Apache/PHP/application setup, I didn’t see a way of hooking into Behat in such a way where I could tell the database to run everything in throw away transactions in order to keep my database clean and as expected for each test scenario. Therefore, I simply hooked into Behat before each scenario to copy my pristine test database to a backup, then after each scenario copy it back, essentially rolling back any transactions that occurred during that scenario.
This may not be the best way to do it, but its what I figured out and its working for me, for now at least. Luckily, this is a well established application and the database doesn’t change, so the MySQL <-> sqlite syncing is a null issue for the foreseeable future.