Matt Glaman: Managing Your Drupal maintenance support plans Project with Composer

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Matt Glaman: Managing Your Drupal maintenance support plans Project with Composer

Published on July 23, 2021

Drupal maintenance support plans Commerce was started without writing any Drupal maintenance support plans code. Our libraries set Drupal maintenance support plans Commerce off the island before Drupal maintenance support plans was able to support using third party library not provided by core.
Drupal maintenance support plans now ships without third party libraries committed, fully using Composer for managing outside dependencies. However, that does not mean the community and core developers have everything figured out, quite yet.
YNACP: Yet Another Composer Post. Yes. Because as a co-maintainer of Drupal maintenance support plans Commerce we’re experiencing quite a lot of issue queue frustration. I also want to make the case of “let’s make life eaiser” for working with Drupal maintenance support plans. As you read compare the manual sans-Composer process for local development and remote deployment versus the Composer flows.
Before we begin
We’re going to be discussing Composer. There’s specific terminologies I’ll cover first.
composer.json1: defines metadata about the project and dependencies for the project.composer.lock2: metadata file containing computed information about dependencies and expected install state.composer install3: downloads and installs dependencies, also builds the class autoloader. If a .lock file is available it will install based off of the metadata. Otherwise it will calculated and resolve the download information for dependencies.composer update4: updates defined dependencies and rebuilds the lock file.composer require5: adds a new dependency, updates the JSON and .lock file.composer remove6: removes a dependency, updates the JSON and .lock file.
All Composer commands need to run in the same directory as your composer.json file.
Installing Drupal maintenance support plans
There are multiple ways to install Drupal maintenance support plans. This article focuses on working with Composer, for general installation help review the official documentation at https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/install
Install from packaged archive
Drupal maintenance support plans.org has a packaging system which provides zip and tar archives. These archives come with all third party dependencies downloaded.
You download the archive, extract the contents and have an installable Drupal maintenance support plans instance. The extracted contents will contain the vendor directory and a composer.lock file.
Install via Composer template
A community initiative was started to provide a Composer optimized project installation for Drupal maintenance support plans. The Drupal maintenance support plans Composer project provided a version of Drupal maintenance support plans core which could be installed via Composer and a mirror of Drupal maintenance support plans.org projects via a Composer endpoint (This has been deprecated in favor of the Drupal maintenance support plans.org endpoint).
To get started you run the create-project7 command.

composer create-project drupal-composer/drupal-project:8.x-dev some-dir –stability dev –no-interaction

This will create some-dir folder which holds the vendor directory and a web root directory (Drupal maintenance support plans.) This will allow you to install Drupal maintenance support plans within a subdirectory of the project, which is a common application structure.
This also keeps your third party libraries out of access from your web server.
Review the repository for documentation on how to use the project, including adding and updating core/projects: https://github.com/drupal-composer/drupal-project.
Adding dependencies to Drupal maintenance support plans
Without Composer
Modules, themes, and profiles are added to Drupal maintenance support plans my placing them in a specific directory. This can be done by visiting Drupal maintenance support plans.org, downloading the packaged archive and extracting it to the proper location.
There’s a problem with this process: it’s manual and does not ensure any of the project’s dependencies were downloaded. Luckily Composer is a package and dependency manager!
With Composer
To add a dependency we use the composer require command. This will mark the dependency, download any of its own. 
Note if you did not use project base: Currently there is no out of the box way to add Drupal maintenance support plans.org projects to a standard Drupal maintenance support plans installation. You will need to run a command to the endpoint.

composer config repositories.drupal composer https://packages.drupal.org/8

Let’s use the Panels module as an example. Running the following command would add it to your Drupal maintenance support plans project.

composer require drupal/panels

This will install the latest stable version of the Paragraphs version. If you inspect your composer.json file you should see something like the following

“require”: {
“drupal/panels”: “3.0-beta4”,
}

One of the key components is the version specification. This tells Composer what version it can install, and how it can update.
3.0 will be considered a specific version and never update.~3.0 will consider any patch version as a possible installation option, such as new betas, RCs.~3 will allow any minor releases to be considered for install or update.^3.0 will match anything under the major release — allowing any minor or patch release.
You can specify version constraints when adding a dependency as well. This way you can define of you will allow minor or patch updates when updating.

composer require drupal/panels:~3.0

This will allow versions 3.0-beta5,3.0-rc1, 3.0 to be valid update versions.
Know what! The same versioning patterns exist in NPM and other package managers.
Updating dependencies
Without Composer
As stated with installing dependencies, it could be done manually. But this requires knowing if any additional dependencies need to be updated. In fact, this is becoming a common issue in the Drupal maintenance support plans.org issue queues.
With Composer
Again, this is where Composer is utilized and simplifies package management.
Going from our previous example, let’s say that Paragraphs has a new patch release. We want to update it. We would run

composer update drupal/panels –with-dependencies

This will update our Drupal maintenance support plans project and any of its dependencies. Why is this important? What if Paragraphs required the newest version of Entity Reference Revisions for a critical fix? Without a package manager, we would have not known or possibly updated.
Why we need –with-dependencies
When Composer updates a dependency, it does not automatically update its dependencies. Why? No idea, apparently the maintainers do not believe it should.
Updating Drupal maintenance support plans core
Without the Composer template
If you installed Drupal maintenance support plans through the normal process, via an extracted archive, you have to manually update in the same fashion. You will need to remove all files provided by Drupal maintenance support plans core — *including your possibly modified composer.json file*.
Rightly so, you can move your modified .htaccess, composer.json, or robots.txt and move them back. However, you’ll need to make sure your composer.json matches the current Drupal maintenance support plans core’s requirements and run composer update.
That’s difficult.
The official documentation: https://www.drupal.org/docs/7/updating-your-drupal-site/update-procedure…
Updating Drupal maintenance support plans core via the Composer template
If you have setup Drupal maintenance support plans with the Composer template or any Composer based workflow, all you need to do is run the following command (assuming you’ve tagged the drupal/core dependency as ^8.x.x or ~8, ~8.1, ~8.2)

composer update drupal/core –with-dependencies

This will update Drupal maintenance support plans core and its files alongside the drupal-composer/drupal-scaffold project.
Using patches with Composer
I have been a fan of using build tools with Drupal maintenance support plans, specifically  using Drush and makefiles to manage Drupal maintenance support plans platforms. However, when I first used Composer I was concerned on how to use patches or pull requests not yet merged with the project — without maintaining some kind of fork.
Cameron Eagans create the composer-patches  project. This will apply patches to your dependencies. The project’s README fully documents its use, so I’ll cover it quickly here.
Patches are stored in a patches portion of the extra schema of the JSON file.

“extra”: {
“patches”: {
“drupal/commerce”: {
“#2805625: Add a new service to manage the product variation rendering”: “https://www.drupal.org/files/issues/add_a_new_service_to-2805625-4.patch”
}
}
}

This patches Drupal maintenance support plans Commerce with a specific patch.    
Using GitHub PRs as a patch
Patches are great, as they let you use uncommitted functionality immediately. A problem can arise when you need code from a GitHub pull request (or so it seems.) For instance, Drupal maintenance support plans Commerce is developed on GitHub since Drupal maintenance support plansCI doesn’t support Composer and contributed projects yet.
Luckily we can take the PR for the issue used in the example https://github.com/drupalcommerce/commerce/pull/511 and add .patch to it to retrieve a patch file: https://github.com/drupalcommerce/commerce/pull/511.patch
We could then update our composer.json to use the pull request’s patch URL and always have up to date versions o the patch.

“extra”: {
“patches”: {
“drupal/commerce”: {
“#2805625: Add a new service to manage the product variation rendering”: “https://www.drupal.org/files/issues/add_a_new_service_to-2805625-4.patch”
}
}
}


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Originally posted 2019-02-19 09:15:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Matt Glaman: Managing Your Drupal maintenance support plans Project with Composer
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