Using guard-phpunit with composer

While reading through a book on unit testing with PHP I ran into a few issues using guard with phpunit. This article guides me (and maybe you) through the process of installing & configuring guard with PHPUnit.

First of we need to install phpunit globally using composer. To do this create a new hidden directory called .composer/packages in your home folder

mkdir ~/.composer/packages

Then inside that directory create a new composer.json file and fill it with your global dependencies in our case phpunit

    "require": {
        "phpunit/phpunit": "3.7"

Install phpunit by running composer install, this will install phpunit and all of its dependencies. After its completed we then need to edit our $PATH variable so we need to edit our ~/.bash_profile with the following

export PATH=$HOME/.composer/packages/vendor/bin:$PATH

Check that everything is working by running

phpunit --version

Which should return something like PHPUnit 3.7.21 by Sebastian Bergmann.

Wicked we have phpunit installed but now for guard & it’s phpunit extension. To do this run both these commands (you may have to sudo too)

gem install guard
gem install guard-phpunit

Now unless things have changed when you run guard you’ll receive this error

Call to undefined method PHPUnit_Framework_TestResult::allCompletlyImplemented()

It’s due to a small typo in the method name, so to change it find guard-phpunits source files in my case it was located here


In here find lines 250 and 256 and replace allCompletlyImplemented() with allCompletelyImplemented() Save and then run guard again.

I hope this helps anyone else in the same situation. All credit goes to this issue on Github