For my fellow CLI nerds out there, I recently found out that PHP has a syntax validation tool built in (
php -l file.php). How handy! If you've ever left a comma off the middle of an array somewhere because you were reorganizing it or something to that effect, it can save you a lot of trouble. Unfortunately, it's only good for one file at a time.
I can't stand for that, so here's a shell script (written in PHP, naturally) that will check all of the files in your current folder, with a recursive option. Download it, extract it into /usr/bin,
chmod +x it, and have fun.
usage: lint [-qR] [path] options: -q, --quiet: disable verbose output -R, --recursive: recurse into subdirectories -h, --help: display this help screen
lint alone will check all PHP files in the current directory.
lint -R will recurse.
lint -q does it quietly.
lint -qR... well, you probably get the idea by now. You should also be able to pipe output into it, ex
ls *_new.php | lint and just check those results. I don't really have enough bash-fu to test that functionality too thoroughly, but it should get the job done for you.
* Note: This was made a tested with PHP CLI 5.3.1 and I don't care to test it on earlier versions. That said, it will probably work with PHP >= 4.3.0. If you have great ideas for improvement, do let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's one of my first reasonably useful shell scripts, so be gentle.