Altering values in settings.php with hooks

Acquia Cloud Site Factory does not allow you to directly modify your website's settings.php file.

However, to enable you to make changes to the values included in the file, Acquia Cloud Site Factory contains hooks at the beginning and end of the settings.php file that allow you to execute custom code during the website's bootstrap process.

Using the settings.php hooks

Like several of the other hooks in use by Acquia Cloud Site Factory, you must create a script file and then place it in a particular directory. The script file will be executed at the appropriate time when doing database updates for your websites.

For detailed instructions, see Executing your commands with a hook.

Pre-settings.php example script

Modify the following script to suit your needs in pre-settings-php hooks:

Conditionally increasing memory limits

Certain pages on your websites may require increased memory limits to function properly. To make this change with your websites, use the following script:

* Sets a higher memory limit for admin/structure/menu which frequently needs
* an unusually high amount of memory to load, due to complexity.
* For additional examples of changing memory limits for pages on your websites, see
* Conditionally increasing memory limits Acquia KB article 
if (strpos($_GET['q'], 'admin/structure/menu/') === 0) {
   ini_set('memory_limit', '700M');

For additional examples, see Examples of conditional memory limit changes.

Post-settings.php example scripts

Modify the following scripts to suit your needs in post-settings-php hooks:

Enabling memcache

To enable memcache on your Acquia Cloud Site Factory websites, complete the following steps:

  1. Contact your Technical Account Manager or Account Manager to discuss your cluster's hardware needs.
  2. Add the Memcache module to your codebase.
  3. Modify the following script to provide the necessary configuration details for memcache:

    $conf['cache_backends'][] = '<path to the file>';
    $conf['cache_default_class'] = 'MemCacheDrupal';
    $conf['cache_class_cache_form'] = 'DrupalDatabaseCache';

Acquia Cloud Site Factory customers using Drupal 8 and Acquia BLT should also apply the patch from issue #2766509 on, and use this example from Acquia BLT's issue queue to update memcache to a recommended version.

Importing a configuration directory

To import configuration values into an Acquia Cloud Site Factory website, modify the following script to point to the directory (or directories) where your configuration values are stored:

*  Set vcs and sync dirs to writable directories above docroot.
$config_directories['vcs'] = '../config/default';
$config_directories['sync'] = '../config/default';

Customize Fast 404 extensions

By default, Drupal 8 core does not include .swf files in Fast 404 settings. If your websites use files with these extensions, adding the .swf extension into the list of extensions handled by Fast 404 ensures that any missing files with that extension will not cause a performance hit. To do this, use code similar to the following:


* Origin:
* Fast 404 paths: see comments in sites/g/settings.php for other settings.
* Drupal 8 Core does not include .swf files, so we add those here.
$config['system.performance']['fast_404']['paths'] = '/\.(?:txt|png|gif|jpe?g|css|js|ico|swf|flv|cgi|bat|pl|dll|exe|asp|swf)$/i';

Drush compatibility with Sumologic

If you are forwarding your website's logs to Sumologic, this script alters the output from Drush requests in Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 to match Sumologic's expected logging format:


* Add logging information for drush requests in drupal-requests.log on Acquia.
* By default these requests show up with no REQUEST_METHOD or URI, which can
* make splitting them up in Sumologic very hard.
* Origin:
if (isset($_ENV['AH_SITE_ENVIRONMENT']) && PHP_SAPI === 'cli' && function_exists('drush_main')) {
  // We are in a drush bootstrap, modify $_SERVER variables needed for
  // drupal-request.log.
  $drush_args = drush_get_arguments();
  $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] = 'drush ' . array_shift($drush_args);

Drupal 7 cache lifetime per website

To conditionally set the cache lifetime of each website in your Acquia Cloud Site Factory cluster to individual values,
while not allowing a value of fewer than 5 minutes, see this gist on GitHub

New Relic monitoring

To enable New Relic monitoring in a multisite environment, like Acquia Cloud Site Factory, create a post-settings.php script named new_relic.php that contains the following code, replacing CURRENT_APP_NAME with the name of your application:

if (extension_loaded('newrelic')) {
  $domain_fragments = explode('.', $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']);
  $site_name = array_shift($domain_fragments);
  newrelic_set_appname("$site_name;CURRENT_APP_NAME", '', 'true');

Storing credentials outside of version control

If you need to store sensitive credentials outside of your codebase, you can create a secrets.settings.php file and then make its contents available to Drupal with a post-settings.php hook (as described in Storing sensitive information outside of your codebase). By doing so, sensitive credentials will not be present in your database backups or your version control repository, allowing you to distribute database backups or grant repository access to team members who should not possess sensitive credentials.

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