[Windows] Laravel behaving strange on Windows Server

You likely encounter those problem when developing Laravel Application using Windows Machine.

Symptoms:

  • Frequent Apache Crash (Connection reset)
  • “Access denied for user ‘homestead’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)”, even .env is set to different credential
  • .env setting drifting between two separate Laravel installations  (e.g. http://127.0.0.1:8080 .env setting applied to http://127.0.0.1:8081)

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[Windows/Linux/Mac][PHP Deployer] Zero Downtime PHP Deployment

Deployer – https://deployer.org/
A zero downtime PHP deployment tool.

How it works?

Basically it SSH into the remote server, git clone to new folder, composer install, and create symlink to latest release folder
And optionally run database migration, restart PHP-FPM. If either step fails, it rollbacks the whole transaction.

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[Windows/Linux] PHP “exec” missing environment variable causing command not to run

In a recent project, I am finding way to display current git branch on the backend dashboard.
Without a application dependent library, executing CLI git seems to be the fastest way.
i.e. The exactly same syntax as we use in bash/cmd/powershell.

However, it worked in production/staging Linux machine, but not in local Windows machine.
It does work if I specify the absolute path C:\Program Files\Git\bin\git.exe, but it’s not optimal because it will be machine dependent.

After a while, I figure out the environment PATH variable is missing in Windows that cause git not being picked up.
The trick is, add this line before exec call to: