Find forgotten variables dump in PHP source code.

v0.5 2020-08-17 12:12 UTC

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Last update: 2024-05-27 09:33:16 UTC


PHP console application for find forgotten variable dump. Support PHP build in method print_r, var_dump and var_export method and also method from Tracy debugger, Ladybug, Symfony, Laravel, Doctrine and Zend Framework.


Just create a composer.json file and run the php composer.phar install command to install it:

    "require-dev": {
        "php-parallel-lint/php-var-dump-check": "~0.4"

For colored output install suggested package php-parallel-lint/php-console-highlighter.

Usage and example output

$ ./vendor/bin/var-dump-check --no-colors --tracy .

Checked 23 files in 0.1 second, dump found in 1 file

Forgotten dump 'var_dump' found in ./test.php:36
    34|         $functionsToCheck = $this->prepareFunctionCheck($this->settings->functionsToCheck);
  > 36| 	    var_dump($functionsToCheck);
    38|         foreach ($tokens as $key => $token) {

Options for run

  • none - check dump: var_dump, var_export, print_r
  • --ladybug - check dump: ladybug_dump, ladybug_dump_die, ld, ldd
  • --tracy - check dump: dump, bdump, Debugger::dump, Debugger::barDump
  • --zend - check dump: Zend_Debug::dump, \Zend\Debug\Debug::dump
  • --doctrine - check dump: Doctrine::dump, \Doctrine\Common\Util\Debug::dump
  • --symfony - check dump: dump, VarDumper::dump, VarDumper::setHandler, VarDumper::dd
  • --laravel - check dump: dd, dump
  • --no-colors - disable colors from output
  • --exclude folder/ - exclude folder/ from check
  • --extensions php,phpt,php7 - map file extensions for check

Recommended setting for usage with Symfony framework

For run from command line:

$ ./vendor/bin/var-dump-check --symfony --exclude app --exclude vendor .

or setting for ANT:

<condition property="var-dump-check" value="${basedir}/bin/var-dump-check.bat" else="${basedir}/bin/var-dump-check">
    <os family="windows"/>

<target name="var-dump-check" description="Run PHP VarDump check">
    <exec executable="${var-dump-check}" failonerror="true">
        <arg line='--exclude ${basedir}/app/' />
        <arg line='--exclude ${basedir}/vendor/' />
        <arg line='${basedir}' />

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