The indexer scans your project directory and records meta-information about classes and functions in your project.
The indexer required only for some features (such as Jump to Implementation).
Building the index¶
It will be automatically enabled when used with the language server but can also be used with RPC if run manually.
Build index and watch for changes
$ phpactor index:build --watch
Build from scratch
$ phpactor index:build --reset
The index is built automatically on LS initialize and subsequently updated as necessary.
You can however force a reindex:
Build from scratch:
Make a request to indexer/reindex.
File watchers are used to keep the index up-to-date.
Several watching systems can be used, by default Phpactor will choose the first supported one:
This watcher depends on file events from the LSP client (e.g. VSCode).
Linux only, react immediately to file changes.
apt install inotify-tools
Linux/Mac cross platform, reacts immediately to file changes, see Watchman documentation.
Watchman is the recommended watcher.
apt install watchman
brew install watchman
Linux/Mac/POSIX Poll the system for changes every 5 seconds.
This tool should be installed by default.
Any system: Poll system using PHP (slow) every 5 seconds.
Querying from the CLI¶
You can query the index from the CLI:
$ phpactor index:query "Symfony\\Component\\Console\\Output\\OutputInterface"
$ phpactor index:query "sprintf"
$ phpactor index:query "method#createFoobar" $ phpactor index:query "property#createFoobar" $ phpactor index:query "constant#createFoobar"
Note that this information is primarily intended for the indexer and is not yet intended to provide a true “querying” facility.
List the possible configuration options with
phpactor config:dump | grep
indexer, explanations of some important ones:
indexer.enabled_watchers: List of watchers to enable (e.g. inotify, find).
indexer.include_patterns: List of glob patterns to include
indexer.exclude_patterns: List of glob patterns to exclude
indexer.stub_paths: List of external paths to index
indexer.poll_time: Poll time used for polling watchers (e.g.
indexer.buffer_time: Time to wait to collect batch messages from “realtime” watchers (e.g.
Inotify: Why isn’t
inotifywait used when I’m on Linux?¶
It may not be installed, on Debian/Ubuntu
$ sudo apt install inotify-tools
inotify limit reached¶
The default number of watchers is quite low by default, try increasing the number of watchers:
$ sudo sysctl fs.inotify.max_user_watches=100000
Note this still may not be sufficient, so increase as necessary, make the
change permanent by writing to