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[...] a PHP framework for web projects.
Speed up the creation and maintenance of your PHP web applications. Replace the repetitive coding tasks by power, control and pleasure.

Building a website with Symfony. First of all you need a development environment. This is what my development environment looks like:

You can download Symfony Standard Edition from the homepage or you can install it with Composer.

I used Composer because you can better manage extra packages and bundles for Symfony too.

$ composer.phar create-project symfony/framework-standard-edition project_directory/ 2.3.4

You will be prompted for standard configuration settings. Also see app/config/parameters.yml. Read the Installing and Configuring Symfony documentation for detailed information about how to install and configure Symfony.

This first problem I got was a write error for the directories app/cache and app/logs. The main problem was that the /var/www directory is mounted to the local work directory as user vagrant. The Apache process runs under www-data. So I decided to run the Apache process also as vagrant. With a live production server (maybe Debian) you don’t need to run Apache as another user as www-data because you only set the owner and the group of app/cache and app/logs to www-data. Run the following as root in your Symfony base directory.

$ chown -R www-data:www-data app/cache app/logs

This problem is only in the Vagrant box because the /var/www directory is mounted to your local machine.

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Categories: Productivity, Programming
Tags: Symfony, PHP, Framework, Work, Developer, Development, HOWTO

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