# Getting started

# Requirements for installing LocalGov Drupal locally for testing and development

To install LocalGov Drupal locally you will need an appropriate versions of:

Many of us use the Lando file included to run a local docker environment for testing and development, but some people prefer working with DDEV (opens new window) or running the web servers natively on their host machine.

# PHP requirements

We follow Drupal's PHP recommendations (opens new window).

We currently recommend PHP 8.1 or 8.0 but also aim to support PHP 7.4.

You will also need to have certain PHP extensions enabled (Drupal PHP extension requirements (opens new window)) including:

  • PHP mbstring
  • PHP cURL
  • GD library
  • XML

If you see errors when running composer require, double-check your PHP extensions.

# Composer and Lando

To install locally, you will need Composer, and we recommend using Lando for a consistent developer environment.

Please also see the Lando requirements section for details of Docker requirements for different operating systems. https://docs.lando.dev/basics/installation.html#system-requirements (opens new window)

# Installing LocalGov Drupal locally with Composer and Lando

To install LocalGov Drupal locally for testing or development, use the Composer-based project template (opens new window).

Change MY_PROJECT to whatever you'd like your project directory to be called.

composer create-project localgovdrupal/localgov-project MY_PROJECT --no-install 

Change directory into the MY_PROJECT directory and run lando start.

lando start

Once lando has finished building, use lando to run composer install and the site installer.

lando composer install
lando drush si localgov -y

Note: As you might be running a different version of PHP on your host machine from the version that Lando runs, it is advisable to run composer install from within Lando. This ensures dependencies reflect the PHP version that the webserver is actually running.

# Composer notes

If developing locally and you want to force composer to clone again from source rather than use composer cache, you can add the --no-cache flag.

lando composer create-project localgovdrupal/localgov-project MY_PROJECT --stability dev --no-cache  --no-install 

If you just want to pull in the latest changes to LocalGov Drupal run composer update with the --no-cache flag.

lando composer update --no-cache

If you want to be sure you are getting the latest commits when developing, clearing composer cache, deleting the folders and re-running composer update seems to be a solid approach:

rm -rf web/profiles/contrib/ web/modules/contrib/ web/themes/contrib/;
composer clear-cache; composer update --with-dependencies --no-cache;
lando start;
lando drush si localgov -y;

If you run into memory limit errors (opens new window) when running Composer commands, prefix the commands with COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=-1. For example, to install the project run:

COMPOSER_MEMORY_LIMIT=-1 composer create-project --stability dev localgovdrupal/localgov-project MY_PROJECT

# Contributing

See CONTRIBUTING.md for current contribution guidelines.

# Issue tracking

In the early development stages, most issues will be tracked in this repository https://github.com/localgovdrupal/localgov/issues (opens new window).

Development issues relating to specific projects or module should be tracked in the project repository. In the future we might set up a separate repository for centralised issue tracking of bug reports for end users.

# Development setup

The main development environment in use is currently Lando (opens new window) – a Docker based development environment that works on Linux, MacOS and Windows.

@todo Document Lando setup.

# Coding standards

PHP CodeSniffer is installed as a dev dependency by Composer and configured to use Drupal coding standards and best practices. It is a good idea to run these before committing any code. All code in pull requests should pass all CodeSniffer tests.

To check code using Lando run:

lando phpcs

To attempt to automatically fix coding errors in Lando run:

lando phix

# Coding standards resources

# Running tests

The included phpunit.xml.dist file contains configuration for automatically running the LocalGov Drupal test suite.

To run all LocalGov Drupal tests with Lando use:

lando phpunit

To run all the tests for a specific module use:

lando phpunit web/modules/contrib/localgov_my_module

Tests can be filtered using the --filter option. To only run a specific test use:

lando phpunit --filter=myTestName

# Testing resources