Run script with aliases

Run script with aliases

For one of my projects I use the following script to reset my development environment database when switching branches:

php bin/console doctrine:database:drop --force
php bin/console doctrine:database:create -n
php bin/console doctrine:database:import dump.sql
php bin/console doctrine:migrations:migrate --no-interaction

Simple enough. The problem? When running it, the default php binary installed with Mac is used. As of time of writing this is 7.3. But of course I want to use the property typing introduced by 7.4 (not to mention that the project is on 7.4 in general). The solution: Aliases

When using MAMP Pro, I just add the following alias to my bash (.bashrc) or zsh (.zshrc) configuration:

alias php='/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php7.4.2/bin/php -c /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php7.4.2/conf/php.ini'

This way whenever I use php it will always use the 7.4 version.

When running the script I will receive errors because 7.3 is used. Why? Because when executing a shell script, it will be run in a new shell process. And this process doesn't have access to the aliases defined in the configuration.

But we can use a trick called "sourcing". When sourcing a shell script, it will run in the current process and therefore have access to the aliases. To do so we use the source command:

source ./

That's it. This way you can use aliases in scripts and switch PHP versions between projects just by switching the alias definitions.