As a tie-in to this excellent how-to for installing both versions of Symfony, I’ve decided to extend the method to apply to Vista as well.
EDIT: Symlinks don’t work this way because of the working directory being in C:\PHP where the symlink is located. See below for modified instructions.
First, check out the SVN branch for 1.1 to a directory of your choosing – this can be located anywhere on any storage volume. When the checkout’s done, open a command prompt and navigate into your PHP directory where
symfony.bat is already located. In my case, this is
C:\PHP and my checkout is
D:\Projects\symfony-1.1. As Vista comes with an NTFS file system capable of UNIX-like (not quite, but close enough) symlinks (thanks to camason on #symfony for pointing that out to me), you can create a symlink to Symfony 1.1’s batch file using
mklink (you’ll need a command prompt with elevated privileges for this to work):
C:\PHP> mklink symfony-1.1.bat d:\Projects\symfony-1.1\data\bin\symfony.bat
This creates a symbol link to the symfony.bat executable – now I can (assuming I have PATH set to
symfony-1.1 at the command prompt from anywhere and can use the new branch with the same ease of use as the original article.
Unfortunately, due to symlinks executing with the working directory being in
C:\PHP, you’ll get Symfony v. 1.0.x instead. To overcome this, delete the symlink and create a
symfony-1.1.bat with the following contents:
@cmd /c d:\Projects\symfony-1.1\data\bin\symfony.bat %*
That will fix the working directory problem and correctly execute Symfony 1.1.