Magento Ecommerce Strategy, Design & Development

Xdebug and MAMP Pro

To add xdebug to mac using MAMP PRO, you have to do change permissions to a folder for it to copy the file: $ sudo chmod 777 /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/ Then you can do the command line install: $ pecl install xdebug You need to edit the php.ini file and you HAVE to uncomment:


Now you need to add these below:

xdebug.remote_enable = On
xdebug.profiler_enable = off
xdebug.profiler_enable_trigger = off
xdebug.profiler_output_name = cachegrind.out.%t.%p
xdebug.profiler_output_dir = "/Library/Application\ Support/appsolute/MAMP\ PRO/tmp/"
xdebug.collect_vars = On

Magento - write to a log file

Magento has a built in feature to write to a log file. In your code, you can use Mage::log(''). In the quotes, you can put in anything you want, in my example, i am adding some text and then the dynamic customer email address. Mage::log('Email sent to ' . $customer_email); This should end up in the /var/log/system.log Viewing that file, via command line, you can use: $ tail /var/log/system.log and that will show you the last 10 results. Make sure you remove this at some point or that log file will continue to grow and grow

Magento - create a cron job, send transactional email

This example is used to send out a reminder email to customers 21 days after a purchase, if they have not reviewed their products. This also is using email templates, which makes it a bit more complicated, otherwise you can just use the good ole php mail function instead. I am using a site called Bloom so all my notes will reflect that file structure.

Command Line - maillog, search mail log, search by day mail log

This is just a list of commands I know I wont remember, so I am putting them here for reference

grep "status=sent" /var/log/maillog | grep "Aug 5" | awk '{print }' | awk -F "=" '{print }' | awk -F "<" '{print }' | awk -F ">" '{print }' | sort | uniq -c | sort -n 
grep "status=sent" /var/log/maillog | grep "Aug 5" | grep "to=<*>" grep "status=sent" /var/log/maillog | grep "Aug 5" | wc -l 
grep "ralbin@abcompany.com" /var/log/maillog | wc -l less /var/log/maillog grep "abc@hotmail.com" /var/log/maillog

Magento - How to get controller name, action name, router name and module name

You can easily get controller name, action name, router name and module name in template file or in any class file. IN TEMPLATE FILES $this->getRequest()can be used in template (phtml) files. Here is the code:

* get Controller name

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Extract email address from a mail log file

Here is an example on how I extracted email address from a mail log file: $subject = "1 Aug 5 13:26:20 269701-web1 postfix/smtp[20033]: E730B10582C3: to=, relay=gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[]:25, delay=1.4, delays=0.02/0.01/0.13/1.3, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 2.0.0 OK 1312568780 fp10si6690298qab.63) 1 Aug 5 13:30:49 269701-web1 postfix/smtp[20753]: F06EF10582C3: to= , relay=mx4.hotmail.com[]:25, delay=0.28, delays=0.02/0/0.1/0.15, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 <20110805183048.F06EF10582C3@269701-web1.www.bloom.com> Queued mail for delivery) 1 Aug 5 13:34:13 269701-web1 postfix/smtp[20822]: 5121410582C3: to=, relay=mx1.labcorp.iphmx.com[]:25, delay=0.91, delays=0.01/0/0.42/0.47, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 ok: Message 21101182 accepted) 1 Aug 5 13:34:14 269701-web1 postfix/smtp[20822]: 75C8610582C3: to=, relay=mx2.labcorp.iphmx.com[]:25, delay=1, delays=0.02/0/0.49/0.54, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 ok: Message 22975937 accepted) 1 Aug 5 13:44:53 269701-web1 postfix/smtp[21625]: 84B5B10582C3: to=, relay=gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[]:25, delay=1.7, delays=0.01/0/0.27/1.4, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (250 2.0.0 OK 1312569893 ef1si6693357qab.35) ";

function extract_emails_from($string){
  preg_match_all("/[\._a-zA-Z0-9-]+@[\._a-zA-Z0-9-]+/i", $string, $matches);
  return $matches[0];

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Sorting PHP Objects

// sort an object by key

function sort_object_by_key( $obj, $order='' )
    $tmp = array();
    // deconstruct the object into an array
    foreach( $obj as $key => $val )
        $tmp[$key] = '';
   // sort the array
    if($order == 'DESC')
        krsort( $tmp );
        ksort( $tmp );

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