Extending / Overriding BLT

BLT uses Robo to provide commands.

Adding a custom Robo Command

To create your own Robo PHP command:

  1. Create a new file in blt/src/Commands named using the pattern *Command.php. The file naming convention is required.
  2. You must use the namespace Acquia\Blt\Custom\Commands in your command file.
  3. Follow the Robo PHP Getting Started guide to write a custom command.

For an example implementation, please see ExampleCommand.php.

Adding a custom Robo Hook

BLT uses the Annotated Command library to enable you to hook into BLT commands. This allows you to execute custom code in response to various events, typically just before or just after a BLT command is executed.

To create a hook, create a new file in blt/src/Hooks named using the pattern *Hook.php.

For an example implementation, please see ExampleHook.php.

For a list of all available hook types, see Annotated Command's hook types.

Replacing/Overriding a Robo Command

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Overriding a variable value:

You can override the value of any configuration variable used by BLT by either:

  1. Adding the variable to your project.yml file:

    behat.tags: @mytags
  2. Specifying the variable value in your blt command using argument syntax -D [key]=[value], e.g.,

    blt tests:behat -D behat.tags='@mytags'

Disabling a command

You may disable any BLT command. This will cause the target to be skipped during the normal build process. To disable a target, add a disable-targets key to your project.yml file:

      phpcs: true

This snippet would cause the validate:phpcs target to be skipped during BLT builds.

Adding / overriding filesets

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Modifying BLT Configuration

BLT configuration can be customized by overriding the value of default variable values. You can find the default value of any BLT variable in build.yml.

Listed below are some of the more commonly customized BLT targets.



To modify the behavior of the deploy:build target, you may override BLT's deploy configuration:

    # If true, dependencies will be built during deploy. If false, you should commit dependencies directly.
    build-dependencies: true
    dir: ${repo.root}/deploy
    exclude_file: ${blt.root}/scripts/blt/scripts/deploy/deploy-exclude.txt
    exclude_additions_file: ${repo.root}/blt/deploy-exclude-additions.txt
    gitignore_file: ${blt.root}/blt/scripts/deploy/.gitignore
      # If true, deploys will fail if there are uncommitted changes.
      failOnDirty: true

More specifically, you can modify the build artifact in the following key ways:

  1. Change which files are rsynced to the artifact by providing your own deploy.exclude_file value in project.yml. See upstream deploy-exclude.txt for example contents. E.g.,

        exclude_file: ${repo.root}/blt/deploy/rsync-exclude.txt
  2. If you'd simply like to add onto the upstream deploy-exclude.txt instead of overriding it, you need not define your own deploy.exclude_file. Instead, simply leverage the deploy-exclude-additions.txt file found under the top-level blt directory by adding each file or directory you'd like to exclude on its own line. E.g.,

  3. Change which files are gitignored in the artifact by providing your own deploy.gitignore_file value in project.yml. See upstream .gitignore for example contents. E.g.,

        gitignore_file: ${repo.root}/blt/deploy/.gitignore
  4. Execute a custom command after the artifact by providing your own target-hooks.post-deploy-build.dir and target-hooks.post-deploy-build.command values in project.yml. E.g.,

      # Executed after deployment artifact is created.
        dir: ${deploy.dir}/docroot/profiles/contrib/lightning
        command: npm run install-libraries



You may disable a git hook by setting its value under git.hooks to false:

        pre-commit: false

You may use a custom git hook in place of BLT's default git hooks by setting its value under git.hooks to the directory path containing of the hook. The directory must contain an executable file named after the git hook:

        pre-commit: ${repo.root}/my-custom-git-hooks

In this example, an executable file named pre-commit should exist in ${repo.root}/my-custom-git-hooks.



To modify the behavior of the tests:behat target, you may override BLT's behat configuration:

      config: ${repo.root}/tests/behat/local.yml
      profile: local
      # If true, `drush runserver` will be used for executing tests.
      run-server: false
      # This is used for ad-hoc creation of a server via `drush runserver`.
      # If true, PhantomJS GhostDriver will be launched with Behat.
      launch-phantom: true
      # An array of paths with behat tests that should be executed.
        - ${docroot}/modules
        - ${docroot}/profiles
        - ${repo.root}/tests/behat
      tags: '~ajax'



To modify the behavior of the validate:phpcs target, you may override BLT's phpcs configuration:

        - files.php.custom.modules
        - files.php.tests
        - files.frontend.custom.themes

The phpcs.filesets array contains references BLT filesets. You can remove or add your own custom filesets to the phpcs.filesets array.