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A CLI tool to analyze composer dependencies and verify that no unknown symbols are used in the sources of a package.
This will prevent you from using "soft" dependencies that are not defined within your
composer.json require section.
What's it about?
"Soft" (or transitive) dependencies are code that you did not explicitly define to be there, but use it nonetheless. The opposite is a "hard" (or direct) dependency.
Your code most certainly uses external dependencies. Imagine that you found a library to access a remote API. You require
thatvendor/api-lib for your software and use it in your code. This library is a hard dependency.
Then you see that another remote API is available, but no library exists. The use case is simple, so you look around and find that
guzzlehttp/guzzle (or any other HTTP client library) is already installed, and you use it right away to fetch some info. Guzzle just became a soft dependency.
Then some day, when you update your dependencies, your access to the second API breaks. Why? Turns out that the reason
guzzlehttp/guzzle was installed is that it is a dependency of
thatvendor/api-lib you included, and their developers decided to update from an earlier major version to the latest and greatest, simply stating in their changelog: "Version 3.1.0 uses the lates major version of Guzzle - no breaking changes expected."
And you think: What about my broken code?
Composer-require-checker parses your code and your composer.json-file to see whether your code uses symbols that are not declared as a required library, i.e. that are soft dependencies. If you rely on components that are already installed, but you didn't explicitly request them, this tool will complain about them, and you should require them explicitly, making them hard dependencies. This will prevent unexpected updates.
In the situation above you wouldn't get the latest update of
thatvendor/api-lib, but your code would continue to work if you also required
guzzlehttp/guzzle before the update.
The tool will also check for usage of PHP functions that are only available if an extension is installed, and will complain if that extension isn't explicitly required.
Installation / Usage
Composer require checker is not supposed to be installed as part of your project dependencies.
PHAR file [preferred]
Please check the releases for available phar files. Download the latest release and and run it like this:
php composer-require-checker.phar check /path/to/your/project/composer.json
If you already use PHIVE to install and manage your project’s tooling, then you should be able to simply install ComposerRequireChecker like this:
phive install composer-require-checker
Composer - global command
This package can be easily globally installed by using Composer:
composer global require maglnet/composer-require-checker
If you haven't already setup you composer installation to support global requirements, please refer to the Composer cli - global If this is already done, run it like this:
composer-require-checker check /path/to/your/project/composer.json
Composer require checker is configured to whitelist some symbols per default. Have a look at the [config file example](data/config.dist.json) to see which configuration options are available.
You can now adjust this file, as needed, and tell composer-require-checker to use it for it's configuration.
Note that you'll have to copy it's contents if you want to add something on top. This tool intentionally only
reads one configuration file. If you pass only your new settings, you'll get error reports about the PHP core
extensions and internal symbols like
false being undefined.
bin/composer-require-checker check --config-file=path/to/config.json /path/to/your/project/composer.json
Scan Additional Files
To scan files, that are not part of your autoload definition you may add glob patterns to the config file's
section. Copy the default file and add to your copy.
The following example would also scan the file
bin/console and all files with
.php extension within your
"scan-files" : ["bin/console", "bin/*.php"]
If you don't like copying the tool's default settings, consider adding these paths to the Composer autoloading section of your project instead.
Composer require checker runs on an existing directory structure. It does not change your code, and does not even install your composer dependencies. That is a task that is entirely up to you, allowing you to change/improve things after a scan to see if it fixes the issue.
So the usual workflow would be
- Clone your repo
composer installyour dependencies
composer-require-checker checkyour code
Dealing with custom installer plugins
Composer require checker only fetches it's knowledge of where files are from your project's
composer.json. It does not use Composer itself to understand custom directory structures.
If your project requires to use any install plugins to put files in directories that are not
vendor/ or defined via the
vendor-dir config setting in
composer.json, composer require checker will fail to detect the required code correctly.
As a workaround, you can install your dependencies without plugins just for the scan:
- Clone your repo
composer install --no-pluginswill put all code into the
composer-require-checker checkyour code
composer installdependencies once again in the correct location
This package is made available under the [MIT LICENSE](LICENSE).
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Compoer Require Checker README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.