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Replace Hard Dependency Class with New Simulation Class via “replace” and “classmap” in Composer Configuration

Posted in hack, php by samsonasik on October 15, 2018

If we are using 3rd party library that managed by composer, which has hard dependency that we don’t want to use, for example, at the following use case:

The one of the solutions for that is by using “replace” and “classmap” configuration in our composer.json. First, we need to prepare of the class to simulate the Logger class, for example, we have it in src/App/Apache/Logger.php:

// src/App/Apache/Logger.php

class Logger 
    function debug(...$args) {}
    function info(...$args) {}
    function trace(...$args) {}
    function warn(...$args) {}
    function error(...$args) {}
    function fatal(...$args) {}

    public static function configure(...$args) {}
    public static function getLogger() { return new self(); }

Yes, above class doesn’t do anything, for silent action when Logger::{themethod()} called in realexpayments/rxp-remote-php library classes.

Next, we can register it to our composer.json:

    "require": {
        // ...
        "realexpayments/rxp-remote-php": "^1.2"
        // ...
    "replace": {
        "apache/log4php": "^2.3.0"
    "autoload": {
        "psr-4": {
            "App\\": "src/App/",
        "classmap": [

In above configuration, the replace of “apache/log4php” doesn’t has replacement library in ‘require’ part will make the dependency removed entirely as we don’t want to use it anymore, and by the classmap configuration, we have new redefined of the Logger class as simulation of “apache/log4php” Logger class.

Last step, we can run:

➜ composer update

That’s it!

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