Debugging RPC and Phpactor

Debugging RPC

When executing commands in an editor, it can be tricky to consistently reproduce errors, or to isolate and debug them in Phpactor.

Thankfully there is a feature called RPC replay which allows you to replay the last RPC command received by Phpactor.

Enable it in a Phpactor configuration file, for example $HOME/.config/phpactor/phpactor.yml:

rpc.store_replay: true

Now, after you execute an RPC command via. your editor, you can execute Phpactor from the shell and replay your last command:

$ phpactor rpc --replay 

To see more information, including the initial request add the --verbose option:

$ phpactor rpc --replay --verbose
[2018-05-23T22:14:11.486488+02:00] phpactor.DEBUG: REQUEST {"action":"goto_definition","parameters":{"source":"[removed]","offset":1913,"path":"/home/daniel/somepath/SomeClass.php"}}
[2018-05-23T22:14:11.494201+02:00] phpactor.DEBUG: Resolving: Microsoft\PhpParser\Node\Statement\ClassDeclaration [] []
[2018-05-23T22:14:11.494545+02:00] phpactor.DEBUG: Resolving: Microsoft\PhpParser\Node\Parameter [] []
[2018-05-23T22:14:11.508019+02:00] phpactor.DEBUG: RESPONSE {"action":"open_file","parameters":{"path":"/home/daniel/www/phpactor/phpactor/lib/Extension/Rpc/Handler/AbstractHandler.php","offset":447}} []

The next time you run a command, you will lose your replay, in order to consistently reproduce an action, you can copy the replay file and execute it consistently as many times as required:

$ cp ~/.local/share/phpactor/replay.json .
$ cat replay.json | phpactor rpc --verbose


Logging is disabled by default, but can provide some useful information (such as errors encountered when parsing files etc).

Enable it as follows:

logging.enabled: true
logging.level: DEBUG
logging.path: phpactor.log