Does you ever had an issue that only appears on production environment? Have you ever felt how easy could be to solve an issue if you can debug the live system instead of the localhost that just works fine?
Debugging a live system can be scary, but it is not if you follow the right steps. Follow this How to XDebug PHP on production and please comment.
Check if your SSH Daemon have tcp forwarding enabled:
firstname.lastname@example.org:~$ grep AllowTcpForwarding /etc/ssh/sshd_config AllowTcpForwarding yes
Please double check that this line it is not commented with an # character, if so edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and uncomment it.
Locate where to add xdebug configuration:
root@server1:~# php --ini Configuration File (php.ini) Path: /etc/php5/cli Loaded Configuration File: /etc/php5/cli/php.ini Scan for additional .ini files in: /etc/php5/cli/conf.d Additional .ini files parsed: /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/05-opcache.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/10-pdo.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-curl.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-gd.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-intl.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-json.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-mysql.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-mysqli.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-pdo_mysql.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-pdo_sqlite.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-readline.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-sqlite3.ini, /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-xdebug.ini
Edit /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/20-xdebug.ini and add the following content:
zend_extension=xdebug.so xdebug.remote_enable=1 xdebug.remote_host="127.0.0.1" xdebug.remote_port="9000"
As you noticed you are editing the php5 cli configuration, but at least in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS the apache2 configuration is linked to the clil using soft links.
Developer host setup
On the developer machine we are going to setup a SSH tunnel to the server. This tunnel will redirect the remote (server) port 9000 to the localhost (developer host) port 9000 in order to connect to the local debugger/IDE.
We can do that with a normal ssh command:
ssh email@example.com -p 22 -R 9000:127.0.0.1:9000
Another option is to configure it on your ssh config file ~/.ssh/config :
Host yourservername HostName www.yourserver.com port 22 User your-user-name RemoteForward 127.0.0.1:9000 127.0.0.1:9000
Once you have everything setup you just have to enable your debugger listener, crete the ssh tunnel and enable your XDebug browser helper.
Please share your thoughts and tricks on the comments.