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Content Repository configuration

You can define several Repositories within a single application. However, you can only use one per site.

Repository connection

Using default values

To use the default Repository connection, you do not need to specify its details:

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ezplatform:
    repositories:
        # Defining Repository with alias "main"
        # Default storage engine is used, with default connection
        # Equals to:
        # main: { storage: { engine: legacy, connection: <defaultConnectionName> } }
        main: ~

Legacy storage engine

Legacy storage engine is the default storage engine for the Repository.

It uses Doctrine DBAL (Database Abstraction Layer). Database settings are supplied by DoctrineBundle. As such, you can refer to DoctrineBundle's documentation.

If no Repository is specified for a SiteAccess or SiteAccess group, the first Repository defined under ezplatform.repositories will be used:

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ezplatform:
    repositories:
        main: ~
    system:
        # All members of site_group will use "main" Repository
        # No need to set "repository", it will take the first defined Repository by default
        site_group:
            # ...

Multisite URI matching with multi-Repository setup

You can use only one Repository (database) per domain. This does not prohibit using different Repositories on different subdomains. However, when using URI matching for multisite setup, all SiteAccesses sharing domain also need to share Repository. For example:

  • ibexa.co domain can use ibexa_repo
  • doc.ibexa.co domain can use doc_repo

But the following configuration would be invalid:

  • ibexa.co domain can use ibexa_repo
  • ibexa.co/doc cannot use doc_repo, as it is under the same domain.

Invalid configuration causes problems for different parts of the system, for example back-end UI, REST interface and other non-SiteAccess-aware Symfony routes such as /_fos_user_context_hash used by HTTP cache.

Entity manager

If you use the Doctrine entity manager, you are unable to connect different SiteAccesses to different databases.

To have this possibility, you need to use the SiteAccess-aware entity manager: ibexa.doctrine.orm.entity_manager.

To inject your entities into the SiteAccess-aware entity manager, use the following configuration:

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ezplatform:
    orm:
        entity_mappings:
            EzPublishCoreBundle:
                is_bundle: true
                type: annotation
                dir: Entity
                prefix: eZ\Bundle\EzPublishCoreBundle\Entity

Refer to DoctrineBundle documentation for more information.

Note

In contrast with DoctrineBundle, when using the SiteAccess-aware entity manager you need to explicitly set all options: dir (it still accepts relative path in case of bundles), prefix, type, and is_bundle.

Defining custom connection

You can also explicitly define a custom Repository connection:

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doctrine:
    dbal:
        default_connection: my_connection_name
        connections:
            my_connection_name:
                driver:   pdo_mysql
                host:     localhost
                port:     3306
                dbname:   my_database
                user:     my_user
                password: my_password
                charset:  UTF8MB4

            my_second_connection_name:
                driver:   pdo_mysql
                url: '%env(resolve:SECOND_DATABASE_URL)%'
                charset:  UTF8MB4

            another_connection_name:
                # ...

ezplatform:
    repositories:
        first_repository: 
            storage: 
                engine: legacy
                connection: my_connection_name
                config: {}
            # Configuring search is required when using Legacy search engine
            search:
                connection: my_connection_name
        second_repository:
            storage:
                engine: legacy
                connection: my_second_connection_name
                config: {}
            search:
                connection: my_second_connection_name
        another_repository:
            storage: 
                engine: legacy
                connection: another_connection_name
                config: {}
            search:
                connection: another_connection_name

    # ...

    system:
        my_first_siteaccess:
            repository: first_repository

        my_second_siteaccess:
            repository: second_repository
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# .env.local

SECOND_DATABASE_URL=otherdb://otheruser:otherpasswd@otherhost:otherport/otherdbname?otherdbserversion

Field groups configuration

Field groups, used in content and Content Type editing, can be configured under the repositories key. Values entered there are Field group identifiers:

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repositories:
    default:
        fields_groups:
            list: [content, features, metadata]
            default: content

These identifiers can be given human-readable values and can be translated. Those values are used when editing Content Types. The translation domain isĀ ezplatform_fields_groups. This example in translations/ezplatform_fields_groups.en.yaml defines English names for Field groups:

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content: Content
metadata: Metadata
user_data: User data

To see your translations, you need to change your Back Office language accordingly.

Limit of archived Content item versions

default_version_archive_limit controls the number of archived versions per Content item that are stored in the Repository. By default it is set to 5. This setting is configured in the following way (typically in ezplatform.yaml):

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ezplatform:
    repositories:
        default:
            options:
                default_version_archive_limit: 10

This limit is enforced on publishing a new version and only covers archived versions, not drafts.

Tip

Don't set default_version_archive_limit too high. In Legacy storage engine you will see performance degradation if you store too many versions. The default value of 5 is the recommended value, but the less content you have overall, the more you can increase this to, for instance, 25 or even 50.

Removing versions on publication

With remove_archived_versions_on_publish setting, you can control whether versions that exceed the limit are deleted when you publish a new version.

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ezplatform:
    repositories:
        default:
            options:
                remove_archived_versions_on_publish: true

remove_archived_versions_on_publish is set to true by default. Set it to false if you have multiple older versions of content and need to avoid performance drops when publishing.

When you set the value to false, run ibexa:content:cleanup-versions periodically to make sure that Content item versions that exceed the limit are removed.

Removing old versions

You can use the ibexa:content:cleanup-versions command to remove old content versions.

The command takes the following optional parameters:

  • status or t - status of versions to remove: draft, archived or all
  • keep or k - number of versions to keep
  • user or u - the User that the command will be performed as. The User must have the content/remove, content/read and content/versionread Policies. By default the administrator user is applied.
  • excluded-content-types - exclude versions of one or multiple Content Types from the cleanup procedure; separate multiple Content Types identifiers with the comma.

ibexa:content:cleanup-versions --status <status name> --keep <number of versions> --user <user name> --excluded-content-types article,blog_post

For example, the following command removes archived versions as user admin, but leaves the 5 most recent versions:

ibexa:content:cleanup-versions --status archived --keep 5 --user administrator

User identifiers

ezplatform_default_settings.yaml contains two settings that indicate which Content Types are treated like users and user groups:

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ezplatform:
    system:
        default:
            user_content_type_identifier: [user]
            user_group_content_type_identifier: [user_group]

You can override these settings if you have other Content Types that should be treated as users/user groups in the Back Office. When viewing such Content in the Back Office you will be able to see e.g. the assigned Policies.

Top-level Locations

You can change the default path for top-level Locations such as Content or Media in the Back Office, e.g.:

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ezplatform:
    system:
        <siteaccess>:
            subtree_paths:
                content: '/1/18/'
                media: '/1/57/'

Content Scheduler snapshots

Content Scheduler snapshots speed up the rendering of Content Scheduler blocks and reduce the space used in the database. By default, five snapshots are stored, but you can modify this number with the following configuration, depending on the complexity of the Content Scheduler blocks:

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parameters:
    ezplatform.fieldtype.ezlandingpage.block.schedule.snapshots.amount: 10