Last Modified 2009-07-13 by Michael Slusarz

Horde Developer Documentation




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Mini-FAQ for Horde 4 development

Q: Are we going to keep the existing development model where we have a "master" server (i.e. cvs.horde.org) where we will build the releases? For our workflow, that seems to make the most sense - since we don't have a "master" user that checks all commits before integrating.

A: Yes. We'll figure this out as we work on Horde 4, to some extent, but my expectation is that we will all push commits to dev.horde.org:/horde/git/horde (or horde-hatchery, etc.), and we'll use branches to do local dev or to coordinate non-mainline work.

Q: How do I combine the CVS and Git trees so I can test/develop current Horde 4 code?

A: Some of this is still being worked out, and these instruction might change as development moves forward, but the current suggestion is:

  • Update/pull most recent changes into the various repositories
    • Use the horde-fw-symlinks.php script to link the various framework libraries to your include directory.

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src /var/www/html/horde/framework --dest /var/www/pear

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src /usr/local/githorde/framework --dest /var/www/pear

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src /usr/local/horde-hatchery/framework --dest /var/www/pear

  • Note that if your filesystem is NOT case sensitive (i.e. HFS+ on the Mac) then you will need to have two separate include directories - one for the CVS framework libraries and one for the Git framework libraries. You will need to make sure to put the Git include directory first in your include_path.

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src /var/www/html/horde/framework --dest /var/www/pear

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src /usr/local/githorde/framework --dest /var/www/gitpear

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src /usr/local/horde-hatchery/framework --dest /var/www/gitpear

  • For the actual Horde applications that have been moved to Git, there are a few options. You could either copy the application directory back and forth from your /horde directory, you could try to use a joint CVS/Git source tree, or you can symlink the application into your horde/ directory. Both methods have drawbacks. Issues with the first are obvious - you need to pull, copy, code, copy, push etc... The issue with second method is that you will either get lots of warnings about files that aren't tracked, or you could try to manage an ignore list for both CVS and Git. If you use a symlink, you will need to create a file base.local.php in the application's lib/ directory - and define your HORDE_BASE in that file.

Q: How do I start from scratch with a git/cvs head install


These steps only work on case sensitive file systems, see above:

cvs -d:pserver:cvs.horde.org:/repository checkout horde framework

git clone --depth 1 git://dev.horde.org/horde/git/horde horde-git

git clone --depth 1 git://dev.horde.org/horde/git/horde-hatchery

pear install framework/devtools/package.xml

cd horde

mkdir libs


horde-fw-symlinks.php --src ../horde-git/framework

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src ../horde-hatchery/framework

echo "<?php ini_set('include_path', dirname(__FILE__) . '/../libs' . PATH_SEPARATOR . ini_get('include_path'));" > lib/core.local.php

After some time has passed you will want to update your working copy from the Horde servers. These commands will do that. The commands are to be executed from the base of the Horde installation (the directory created by the CVS checkout):

cvs update -dP

cd horde-git && git pull --rebase && cd ..

cd horde-hatchery && git pull --rebase && cd ..

# Now we have to refresh the Framework library symlinks:


horde-fw-symlinks.php --src ../horde-git/framework

horde-fw-symlinks.php --src ../horde-hatchery/framework

Then continue with the installation steps in docs/INSTALL.

Q: Why does the sidebar not collapse/Why can't I switch tabs on the config screen/Why do certain links not work?

A: To minimize commits and SCM growth we are no longer providing minimized JavaScript files in the js/ directory. Instead you will need to use the source JavaScript files directly. To do this you will need to add a line for each installed application that provides a JavaScript file. Start with the following lines and expand as necessary, added to the bottom of config/registry.php:

$this->applications['horde']['jsuri'] = $this->applications['horde']['webroot'] . '/js/src';

$this->applications['imp']['jsuri'] = $this->applications['horde']['webroot'] . '/js/src';

$this->applications['kronolith']['jsuri'] = $this->applications['horde']['webroot'] . '/js/src';

$this->applications['chora']['jsuri'] = $this->applications['horde']['webroot'] . '/js/src';

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