php -d xdebug.profiler_enable=1

So to enable profiling on the command line run your script in PHP like this:

php -d xdebug.profiler_enable=1 /path/to/script.php

You need to have configured xdebug in php.ini, I do it with a file in /etc/php/7.2/cli/conf.d/xdebug.ini that looks like this:

;xdebug.profiler_enable = 0
xdebug.profiler_output_dir = "/tmp/xdebug"
xdebug.profiler_output_name = "cachegrind.out.%p"

Note: you can enable profiling for all scripts with xdebug.profiler_enable = 1

NetBeans PHP “Invalid include path”

So I migrated my projects from a Debian 8 (Jessie) system to a Debian 9 (Stretch) system. The default NetBeans installed by apt-get install netbeans on Strech was 8.1, and it didn’t include PHP support, so I manually installed NetBeans 8.2.

When I opened my old projects I got an error about an invalid global PHP include path.

So initially I edited ~/.netbeans/8.2/build.properties to change the php.global.include.path settings (to remove /usr/share/php5, because in Stretch I’m running PHP 7.0). But that didn’t work. Each time I ran NetBeans the build.properties file was overwritten with the old php5 directory.

So then I found ~/.netbeans/8.2/config/Preferences/org/netbeans/modules/php/project/general.properties. In there I edited the phpGlobalIncludPath and removed the /usr/share/php5 directory.

Then when I reopened NetBeans all of my projects opened properly without an error! Everything is easy when you know how!