Why does my dd output look different in CakePHP 4

Written by James McDonald

June 1, 2022

If you have ever wondered why sometimes your cake dd() output looks like this:

And then other times looks like this:

The reason is that the CakePHP/Repl plugin uses symfony/var-dumper and this package has a version of dd() that loads its own version of dd() so the CakePHP 4 global dd() function load is skipped

The output is then rendered as per the first image

If you don’t use bin/cake console then you can safely remove remove cakephp/repl and have the default output which includes a nice copy-to-clipboard function.

composer remove cakephp/repl
cakephp/repl could not be found in require but it is present in require-dev
Do you want to remove it from require-dev [yes]? yes
./composer.json has been updated
Running composer update cakephp/repl
Loading composer repositories with package information
Info from https://repo.packagist.org: #StandWithUkraine
Updating dependencies
Lock file operations: 0 installs, 0 updates, 3 removals
  - Removing cakephp/repl (0.1.0)
  - Removing psy/psysh (v0.11.5)
  - Removing symfony/var-dumper (v6.1.0)
Writing lock file
Installing dependencies from lock file (including require-dev)
Package operations: 0 installs, 0 updates, 3 removals
  - Removing symfony/var-dumper (v6.1.0)
  - Removing psy/psysh (v0.11.5)
  - Removing cakephp/repl (0.1.0)
Generating autoload files
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