Running php from command line

This is one of those “I know this is possible, but don’t know how”.

php -r 'echo "hello world";'

Only useful for simple onelines. You’re very likely to be better of putting code in a php file and run that script like:

php ./helloworld.php

Curl output format

A lot of usefull informatoin can be caught using curl. Formating the output can be done with the -w --write-out argument

curl -w 'Home loadtime: %{time_total}\nResponse code: %{http_code}\n' -o /dev/null -s ''

Output example: Bash output of curl request

This example will show the load time and response code. These 2 values are duable. But If you want more it’s more readable to pass a file.

In file: nano curlformat.txt

    time_namelookup:  %{time_namelookup}\n
       time_connect:  %{time_connect}\n
    time_appconnect:  %{time_appconnect}\n
   time_pretransfer:  %{time_pretransfer}\n
      time_redirect:  %{time_redirect}\n
 time_starttransfer:  %{time_starttransfer}\n
         time_total:  %{time_total}\n

Then pass the file to curl:

curl -w "@curl-format.txt" -o /dev/null -s ""

Bash output of curl format file

A list of all avialable variables are in the man pages


sed command line tool

sed is not new for me. But it’s such a versatile tool. And I always have trouble finding the precice syntax I need. So here is a collection of examples. It probably will grow in the years.

Replace the home dir with ~.

COMPACT=$(echo ${HOME} | sed "s#${HOME}#~#g")

Replace %SALT% with the variable $SALT in the file wp-config.php

sed -i -E "s/%SALT%/$SALT/g"  "wp-config.php"

wp cli output format with –porcelain

wp db export

Will output something like Succes: Exported to 'dbname-2018-09-16-2790c11.sql'
Often you need the filename.

--porcelain flag to the rescue!

wp db export --porcelain

This will work on a lot of commands that have one item output.
Stuff like wp post create ....
Here is a complete list of commands that have the –porcelain flag

Commands that output more items usually have a --format flag to handle output.

Copy files/folders over ssh

Sometimes you just want to copy files from a remote server, and you want it often and quick. Stuff like a DB dump.
You could startup your (s)ftp client and browse to it. Or you could just grap it with ssh.

Download one file

scp /local/path/to/Downloads

Download a whole folder

scp -r /local/path/to/Downloads

Bash edit command

I like doing a lot in one command. Downside it that stuff can get messy. One big line. you can’t easily edit it.
A shortcut to make it easier is ctrl-x e That will open the current command in an editor.

Few thinks to keep in mind.

  • Multiple lines will work, but it will execute it as separate commands.
  • using && at the end of lines will fix that.
  • Which of course means you get it in the history at full.
    My main use to chain commands.

Bash argument set

Check if a bash argument is set in a script


#!/usr/bin/env bash

if [ ! -z ${1+x} ]; then
    echo "var is set to '$1'";
    echo "var is unset";
fi will output: var is unset TADA will output: var is set to 'TADA'

Nginx change default user

Default nginx runs on the user www, www-data of something alike.

You can change it. Be sure that you are aware of the security risks!
Don’t change it to a user that has access to sudo!

In /etc/nginx/nginx.conf on line #1 change the user.

#user www-data;
user deployment;

And change the user for php-fpm (If you’re using php-fpm 😉)

Create a file in /etc/php/7.2/fpm/pool.d/ (check the php version)
I suggest something like zzz-custom-user.conf so it’s loaded last. To that file add.

user = deployment
group = deployment
listen.owner = deployment = deployment

Next reload everything, agian check php version.

sudo nginx -t && sudo service php7.2-fpm restart && sudo service nginx restart

Finally change the owner of the webfiles

sudo chown pi:pi /var/www/ -R

All done.

Wp-cli autocomplete easy installed

Installing wp-cli with 2 command:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
wget -O ~/wp-completion.bash -q
echo "source $HOME/wp-completion.bash" >> ~/.bashrc

And logout then login again for it to take effect.