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PHPUnit Testing Failure — August 14, 2019

PHPUnit Testing Failure

Today’s challenge caused me to burn a lot of time before resolving the issue, which turned out to be an obvious mistake.

When I run a unit test I need to add a number of test rows to the database using the Faker that is built into Laravel. So I added this into my setUp() function.

When the test is finished I need to tidy up and remove the rows I added which I put into my tearDown() function.

The first thing done inside a function override is call the parent function so we call parent::setUp() and parent::tearDown() respectively. Almost all my test are like this. But when I reached one of them it failed and I could not figure out why.

PHPUnit 6.5.14 by Sebastian Bergmann and contributors.

 E                                       1 / 1 (100%)

 Time: 321 ms, Memory: 30.00MB

 There was 1 error:

 1) Tests\Unit\Finance\CostCentreOwnersTest::testApiGetCostCodes
  ReflectionException: Class config does not exist

I refactored a lot of code trying to find this issue. The light bulb moment was seeing only one of my deletions happening in the tearDown(). I then spotted the CostCentreOwnersObserver in the errors.

Of course! I’m using an Eloquent event trigger within the Observer and that is now failing. It’s the only difference to the other tests – they don’t have events.

I realised my simple mistake. I was calling the parent::tearDown() before I was deleting my test rows. So the actual failure was relating to me destroying the environment before I’ve finished with it.

Because the other test models don’t have Eloquent events the parent::tearDown() being in the wrong order didn’t affect them.


The Moral of this story is make sure your call to parent::tearDown() is the last thing in your tests tearDown() function.

Guzzle and Curl — August 12, 2019

Guzzle and Curl

Related to my previous post about Laravel. Guzzle and Nginx I ran into an issue with our proxy. The proxy is always a source of fun and games.

Because the proxy breaks open SSL traffic to scan the content the clients are required to have an SSL certificate installed that tells them to trust our proxy server certificate. In Windows and Linux you can insert the CA cert into the OS using group policy or writing it into the certificate store.

Curl uses it’s own certificate store so we needed to copy the proxy CA cert into the curl store.

On Windows there wasn’t a certificate store. I created one in a location that would remain even if anything was updated or moved.

Download the cacert.pem file and place it in c:\certs. Then I just added my proxy cert in PEM on the end.

C:> type proxy.pem >> c:\certs\cacert.pem

Edit your php.ini and change the curl setting to point at the new cacert.pem file

 curl.cainfo = c:/certs/cacert.pem

You can find what php.ini you are using with:

C:> php --ini
Configuration File (php.ini) Path: C:\windows
 Loaded Configuration File:         C:\tools\php73\php.ini
 Scan for additional .ini files in: (none)
 Additional .ini files parsed:      (none)

Restart any php service, like Apache, Nginx, Artisan, etc. and curl should then trust the proxy server.

Chocolatey Proxy —

Chocolatey Proxy

I was tidying up another PC today and came across an annoying issue that I couldn’t resolve. It took me a while, reinstalling, uninstalling choco etc. and still not getting to the bottom of it.

When I ran choco from the PowerShell command line I got asked for my proxy credentials and I could use the CLI. But every time I started Chocolatey GUI I’d get an error:

System.InvalidOperationException: Cannot read keys when either application does not have a console or when console input has been redirected from a file.

I had a light bulb moment in that this meant the GUI was waiting for an input of my user name and password to get through the proxy.

The solution was to use the CLI to set the proxy and credentials.

choco config set proxy 
choco config set proxyUser  #optional
choco config set proxyPassword  # optional

The the GUI fires up and I can update and install apps.

References: — August 8, 2019
Laravel, Guzzle and Nginx — August 7, 2019

Laravel, Guzzle and Nginx

After deploying a working test into our pre-production environment the Guzzle API calls we were making to fetch bank holiday data from the site starting failing.

Error creating resource: [message] fopen( failed to open stream: Connection timed out
 [file] /var/www/itsmpreprod/vendor/guzzlehttp/guzzle/src/Handler/StreamHandler.php
 [line] 323 {"exception":"[object] (GuzzleHttp\Exception\RequestException(code: 0): Error creating resource: [message] fopen( failed to open stream: Connection timed out

I spent quite some time trying to figure out what the issue was. Nginx would return a 504 Gateway timed out message.

It transpires that Guzzle is pretty smart in what it does. It’s capable of using various types of calls to retrieve the data. In a development environment, under the artisan server, it was happy using tcp sockets, but once on the server under Nginx it tries to use curl.

I got my clue from here:

It looks like the issue was just because we hadn’t got the php module php7.0-curl installed!

$ sudo apt install php7.0-curl

Once installed we had to change the proxy scheme from tcp to http and the calls then worked as expected.

    public function getApiData()
        $client = new Client();
        $res = $client->request(
            'GET', '',
                'proxy' => 'http://proxy:port'
        return $res->getBody()->getContents();
DNSSEC Validation Failed — July 27, 2019

DNSSEC Validation Failed

Looking at my virtual dev system I noticed the time is off. I checked the timesyncd.conf and restarted timesyncd and saw lots of similar errors to this in my syslog:

Jul 25 23:18:59 buster systemd[1]: Started Network Time Synchronization.
Jul 25 23:18:59 buster systemd-resolved[357]: DNSSEC validation failed for question org IN DS: signature-expired
Jul 25 23:18:59 buster systemd-resolved[357]: DNSSEC validation failed for question org IN DNSKEY: signature-expired
Jul 25 23:18:59 buster systemd-resolved[357]: DNSSEC validation failed for question IN DS: signature-expired
Jul 25 23:18:59 buster systemd-resolved[357]: DNSSEC validation failed for question IN SOA: signature-expired

Initially I thought something is wrong with my DNS resolver. I then edited /etc/systemd/resolver.conf to change the DNSSEC setting by un-commenting it:


Then a restart and my time is all synced.

But then I thought about it some more. The DNSSEC was probably failing because my system time was significantly wrong by several hours. So the signature probably isn’t valid. Probably all I needed to do was set the time manually before it would sync. But a reboot sorted it and I have reset my DNSSEC back to being commented out.

Ignore Comments in Files —

Ignore Comments in Files

A very handy grep that you can use to cat your files without the hash (#) comments:

$ grep '^[^#]' /etc/systemd/timesyncd.conf

Produces only the lines that aren’t comments, eg:


SQL Format — July 25, 2019
Gitlab: When an Upgrade Goes Bad! —

Gitlab: When an Upgrade Goes Bad!

Today is not a lot of fun.

I’ve been seeing some issues with apt not being able to upgrade Gitlab due to a proxy error. This morning I fixed it and the upgrade from 11.11.2 to 12.1.1 began – and failed miserably!

It complained with all kinds of problems not being able to carry out migrations:

Exception: Your database is missing the 'cache_invalidation_event_id' column from the 'geo_event_log' table that is present for GitLab EE.
 Even though it looks like you're running a CE installation, it appears
 you may have installed GitLab EE at some point. To migrate to GitLab 12.0:
 Install GitLab 11.11.3 EE
 Install GitLab 12.0.x CE 

This was just the start of my problems.

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MySQL CSV Import — July 24, 2019

MySQL CSV Import

A little while ago I wrote a php routine to import CSV files that contain a lot of data into a MySQL table. It works, but it takes it’s time doing so.

I was originally reading each line using a CSV parser and then writing each line into the table. I have 28+ files each containing 200MB of data in a million rows in each file.

Now for a change.

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VSCode rest-client — July 15, 2019
Adding a Gnome Favourite —

Adding a Gnome Favourite

I was trying to add the Postman app to my Gnome favourite bar, but right clicking it doesn’t give me the option to add it as a favourite.

Apparently if your application is not seen as an Activity then it can’t be added. Usually I’d just create a .desktop file and use that with a launcher. But Gnome doesn’t really work like that.

I found the answer was to create my .desktop file and then copy/move it to /usr/share/applications or if it is a user specific application ~/.local/share/applications.

$ gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
$ sudo mv ~/Desktop/Postman.desktop /usr/share/application 

Then I can use the “Activities” to search for the app and can now add it as a favourite.