Debugging on the Command Line with xdebug


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Thanks to some help from Derick and my co-worker Trevor, I now have a simple bash script that will let me and my team easily debug CLI scripts on our development server.

The script is as follows:

XDEBUG_CONFIG=”idekey=YOURIDEKEYHERE” php -dxdebug.remote_host=`echo $SSH_CLIENT | cut -d “=” -f 2 | awk ‘{print $1}’` $1

This simple script will use your SSH_CLIENT environment variable to set the xdebug.remote_host setting correctly. Just set your idekey, and you’re good to go.

I put it in /usr/local/bin/xdebug and you call it simply with xdebug file.php with your debugger
running on the machine you’re SSH’ing from.

Works great!

– Davey