Monitor an old PHP website

Recently I had to debug an old website I developed in 2011, an ecommerce that runs using PrestaShop 1.4.0.17 (at the time I wrote this post, PrestaShop is in version 1.7.3.3). My client contacted me for an odd bug that occurs sometimes but not all the time. I didn’t want to spend much time on this in order not to charge him too much. So I ended up adding Sentry to this website using their free plan to track any error that could occur. Here is how I did it.

As written in the Sentry documentation I started by adding sentry/sentry using Composer. Then I’ve added the Composer autoload and a bit of configuration in config/config.inc.php (a file that is required everywhere in PrestaShop):

// After line 66
// Autoload
require(dirname(__FILE__).'/autoload.php');

// Vendor Autoload
require_once(dirname(__FILE__).'/../vendor/autoload.php');

// Add Sentry
Raven_Autoloader::register();

$client        = new Raven_Client('your-secret-key@sentry.io/1072234');
$error_handler = new Raven_ErrorHandler($client);
$error_handler->registerExceptionHandler();
$error_handler->registerErrorHandler();
$error_handler->registerShutdownFunction();

Back in 2011, you may find many PHP websites using the autoload function which is now deprecated and doesn’t offer the same flexibility as spl_autoload_register. I didn’t find a proper way to make that autoload work with the autoload from composer. So I ended up replacing the original autoload of PrestaShop located in config/autoload.php:

Before

function __autoload($className)
{
  // PrestaShop declares how to find and load stuff here.
}

After

function prestashop_autoload($className)
{
  // PrestaShop declares how to find and load stuff here.
}
spl_autoload_register('prestashop_autoload');

Finally, I just changed the _PS_MODE_DEV_ located in config/defines.inc.php from false to true to send all errors to Sentry.

That’s all!

David Authier

David Authier
Developer. Freelancer. Half of MD.