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URL Variable Tools


This page lists a number of "page options" , "rendering tools" or "special URL variables" that you can use to debug your sapphire applications. These are consumed in PHP using the $_REQUEST or $_GET super globals throughout the Sapphire core.

General Usage

Append the option and corresponding value to your URL in your browser's address bar. You may find the Firefox UrlParams extension useful in order to debug a POST requests (Like Forms).



URL Variable Values Description
flush 1,all This will clear out all cached information about the page. This is used frequently during development - for example, when adding new PHP or SS files. See below for value descriptions.
showtemplate 1 Show the compiled version of all the templates used, including line numbers. Good when you have a syntax error in a template. Cannot be used on a Live site without isDev. flush can be used with the following values:
?flush=1 Flushes the current page and included templates
?flush=all Flushes the entire template cache

General Testing

URL Variable Values Description
isDev 1 Put the site into development mode, enabling debugging messages to the browser on a live server. For security, you'll be asked to log in with an administrator log-in
isTest 1 Put the site into test mode, enabling debugging messages to the admin email and generic errors to the browser on a live server
debug 1 Show a collection of debugging information about the director / controller operation
debug_request 1 Show all steps of the request from initial HTTPRequest to Controller to Template Rendering

Classes and Objects

URL Variable Values Description
debugmanifest 1 Show the entire Sapphire manifest as currently built (Use /dev/build to rebuild)
usetestmanifest 1 Force use of the default test manifest
debugmethods 1 Shows all methods available when an object is constructed (useful when extending classes or using object decorators)
debugfailover 1 Shows failover methods from classes extended


URL Variable Values Description
showqueries 1 List all SQL queries executed
previewwrite 1 List all insert / update SQL queries, and don't execute them. Useful for previewing writes to the database.


URL Variable Values Description
debug_memory 1 Output the number of bytes of memory used for this request
debug_profile 1 Enable the profiler for the duration of the request
profile_trace 1 Includes full stack traces, must be used with debug_profile
debug_behaviour 1 Get profiling of Behaviour.js performance (Firebug recommended)
debug_javascript 1 Force debug-output on live-sites


URL Variable Values Description
forceFormat xhtml,html Force the content negotiator to deliver HTML or XHTML is allowed
showspam 1 Show comments marked as spam when viewing Comments on a Page (Saving spam to the database must be enabled)
ajax 1 Force request to process as AJAX request, useful for debugging from a browser
force_ajax 1 Similar to ajax

Security Redirects

You can set an URL to redirect back to after a Security action. See the section on URL Redirections for more information and examples.

URL Variable Values Description
BackURL URL Set to a relative URL string to use once Security Action is complete

Building and Publishing URLS

Site URL Action Rebuild the entire database and manifest, see below for additional URL Variables Publish all pages on the site Creates new images for the page by deleting the resized ones and going back to the original to create new resized one


URL Variable Values Description
quiet 1 Don't show messages during build
dont_populate 1 Don't run requireDefaultRecords() on the models when building. This will build the table but not insert any records

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