Octopus – How to fix ” Missing deployment buttons “

Octopus Deploy

I saw a few comments on Stackoverflow where people ask how to setup or re-enable deployment buttons for staging or production. The answer is not quite straightforward, because you have to review a few things. Here is a quick checklist that may help you to identify the cause of missing deployment buttons.

1. Process

Make sure you have selected the right Lifecycle in Projects > Your Client > Deployments > Process.

Octopus Lifecycles Sidebar

2. Lifecycles

If you believe one Phase / Environment missing, go to Library > Lifecycles and try to add the missing environment in the Phases section.

Octopus Lifecycle Details

3. Environments

In order to be able to add a new phase, make sure all required environments are listed in Infrastructure > Environments.

Octopus Environments List

Learn more about Environments.

October CMS – Execute Console Commands Sequentially

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In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to execute long running PHP processes sequentially in October CMS from anywhere of your code.

First, you must define a default driver, which is pretty much a handler for managing how to run a queued job, identifying whether the jobs succeeded or failed, and trying the job again. In October CMS, the driver settings are located in the file in ./config/queue.php.

If you are new to this, I recommend to start with the database driver. This driver is good enough to execute your console commands synchronously in the background without slowing down your PHP calls. As a next step, you have to register a custom console command in your Plugin.php file. For example company.pluginname.

For test purposes, I created a console command company.pluginname which will execute the method backupList.

Let’s assume you have a front-end controller http://yourpage.dev/customer/list that calls an API, creates a list and saves it on disk. Executing all these steps can be time-consuming and simply slow down your controller. Instead, you can run such processes in the background with Artisan::queue.

As soon as you hit the controller, artisan will queue a new record in the table jobs and wait until a queue worker executes the job. You just have to make sure that a Queue Worker is running in the background, otherwise jobs won’t get executed.

I recommend to start a queue worker with Supervisor which is well explained on https://medium.com/@rohit_shirke/configuring-supervisor-for-laravel-queues-81e555e550c6

 

October CMS – How To Use Models In Custom Components

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Components in October CMS can be used for custom output, such as JavaScript snippets, dynamic content from a web service or models. Components can also handle AJAX requests or other incoming data. In this tutorial, I will simply show you how to register a new component and output a list with records from the users table.

First of all, you have to register a new component in your Plugin.php file. For example, users.

Create the following structure within the components folder which must contain the file Users.php and users/default.htm.

Below you will find the content for the default.htm file which will basically output a list of all users.

The Users.php file only requires a method getPeople and a reference to the new model, called UsersModel.

In order to access a model, you must create one within the models folder.

For test purposes, I simply return all records from the users table.

Now you can use the new component anywhere in your template files. I recommend to use [users] in your parent template file, because it will allow you to use the component in your child templates.

After a page reload, should you immediately see the list.

October Cms Custom Component

For more information, check out https://octobercms.com/docs/cms/components. The source code of this tutorial can be found on https://github.com/tobias-forkel/october-cms-playground

Octopus – How to fix ” There must be at least one enabled healthy machine to deploy “

Octopus Deploy

I am pretty new to Octopus and just started implementing a deployment process for a new PHP project. After creating a new machine in Infrastructure > Deployment Targets I went back to Projects > My Project > Create Release and tried to start a deployment to our dev environment which caused the following error.

As you can see in the below screenshot, I tried to deploy a new release to the target Development.

Octopus Deploy Release Error Healty Machine

The error message was strange because the target status of my Deployment Target was flagged as healthy. After comparing the settings I noticed that the environment Development in my deployment target settings was simply missing.

Octopus Deployment Target Settings

After adding the target Development to the list of Environments, I was able to proceed with the above deployment.

October CMS – Add Menu Item And Store Backend Settings

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At some point you probably want to make your custom plugin for October CMS configurable and allow backend users to make changes within the plugin space. October CMS has a simple and intuitive backend navigation, which you can easily extend in no-time. Let’s assume you have a custom plugin that calls an external API. Here is how you can store API credentials by using the Settings Manager.

First of all, you must register the settings in your Plugin.php file.

After that you must create a Settings.php file with the following content inside your models folder.

If you define default values inside the method initSettingsData, make sure the above fields match with the definitions inside the fields.yaml file.

Once the fields.yaml file is created, you should see a new form within the new tab.october_cms_playground_sandbox_backend_system_item

Now you can access the settings values within your controller, console or component by implementing the following model.

For test purposes, I created a new controller and implemented the above model to get access to the API key.

Here you go.

october_cms_playground_sandbox_frontend_output

The entire source code can be found on https://github.com/tobias-forkel/october-cms-playground.

Laravel – Carbon and Queries

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Carbon is probably the most effective way to handle DateTime strings flawlessly and implement PHP code that everybody can easily extend or debug.

In the following example, I would like to demonstrate how you can filter a collection in Laravel by using Carbon. As you can see, the below example will simply return all People who have registered in the past two weeks.

The method subWeeks() will do all the work for you and return a valid DateTime string from 14 days ago which can be used for the whereBetween query method. If you prefer using days, you can simply use subDays() instead.

One possible use case could be a front-end controller that handles AJAX requests.

October CMS – Widget OC Media Manager

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If you work with the form elements fileupload or mediafinder in combination with user admin roles ( Settings > Administrators ) you may end up with the following error while saving a model.

In order to fix that, you must review the permissions of your admin user account for Upload and manage media contents – images, videos, sounds, documents. and select Allow or Inherit, depending on how you setup your roles.

October CMS - Admin User Roles Media

After saving the permissions, you should be able to upload or select an image and save the model.

October CMS – How To Fix Broken Thumbnails

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I recently started setting up a dockerized October CMS environment based on Alpine Linux, MariaDB and PHP-FPM which was actually a very straightforward process. However, for some reason the integrated image resizer didn’t create thumbnails of uploaded images.

October CMS - Broken Thumbnail Image

Unfortunately there was nothing in the log files which could help me to identify the cause of the problem. After checking the file permissions, I decided to trace back the issue and found the reason in file vendor/october/rain/src/Database/Attach/Resizer.php.

The method getMimeType() returned always null, which broke the entire image manipulation process.

After a quick research I found out that getMimeType requires php_fileinfo which I simply forgot to set in my Dockerfile. After adding php7-fileinfo and rebuilding the container, the issue was finally fixed.

 

Notice: Use of undefined constant T_CURLY_OPEN – assumed ‘T_CURLY_OPEN’ in /var/www/src/setup/src/ Magento/Setup/Module/ Di/Code/Reader/FileClassScanner.php on line 72

Today I finally had some time to cleaned up my Dockerfile for Magento 2. I am using Alpine Linux for most of my Magento 2 projects which usually includes NGINX, PHP-FPM and MariaDB.

While testing my updated Dockerfile I came across the following PHP notice which prevented the deployment scripts from finishing the Magento 2 setup.

The problem was simply a missing PHP extension php7.1-tokenizer which has resolved the issue after re-creating the container with –build.

 

PHP message: PHP Fatal error: Interface ‘SessionHandlerInterface’ not found in /var/www/src/vendor/ laravel/framework/src/Illuminate/Session/FileSessionHandler.php on line 10

Today I successfully installed my first October CMS project locally via composer / command line. The installation was pretty straightforward and worked surprisingly well on my Alpine Linux docker container which includes NGINXPHP-FPM and MariaDB.

However, when I tried to open the front-end I got the following error.

After a quick research I found the solution on Stackoverflow. I basically forgot to install the PHP extension php7-session inside my docker container. I manually installed the missing extension, but also updated my Dockerfile in case I have to rebuild my container.

After that I manually killed all PHP processes to make sure php-fpm loads the new extension with the next page reload.