ZF-10898: PATCH: Allow loading application.ini.dist (application.*.dist) similar to phpunit.xml.dist


PHPUnit allows the ability to load a phpunit.xml.dist file in place of the phpunit.xml file if the phpunit.xml file does not exist.…

In keeping with that convention, my applications ship with an application.xml.dist or application.ini.dist. Unfortunately, when Zend_Application#_loadConfig() is given a string of "application.ini.dist", the "dist" is the only part of the suffix evaluated...the .ini part is ignored. This causes an exception:

Zend_Application_Exception('Invalid configuration file provided; unknown config type');

I propose a patch to honor *.dist files and if accepted, I'd like to push it through.


For the record, I'm against this "functionality". The reason for this is that phpunit is shipped with a basic configuration file to run a vanilla setup. Since with ZF it's mandatory to write your own config file, there's no reason why you wouldn't call it application.ini (or whatever) right-away yourself.

@Dolf: a prime use case for having a ".dist" file is for version control purposes. The basic settings intended for production are put in that file, and checked in; individual developers copy this to "application.ini", and make changes specific to their own environment -- and exclude the "application.ini" file from versioning by their VCS. It's a very sane practice, and one we've been using with the ZF site for some years.

Wil, I think we should move forward on this.

Fixed in trunk and 1.11 release branch.

Wil, in what revisions did you implement this? I think it's breaking my application...

Since this is new functionality and not a bug, I also fail to see why it was implemented in a mini version. Sorry if I'm a gamespoiler here 8)


It was implemented into 1.11.5.

I also fail to see why it was implemented in a mini version. Sorry if I'm a gamespoiler here

No worries. Valid point. I saw it as a minor enhancement rather than a new feature, but I suppose it could be interpreted differently.

I think it's breaking my application

That's not good. Can you tell me what issue(s) you are having with this so I can check it out? Thanks.