Neon Tsunami

Disabling Laravel Scout in test environment

September 13, 2016

Having just added Algolia Search to my blog with the help of Laravel Scout I found that my test suite started failing because the test environment didn't have access to my Algolia configuration.

Laravel Scout also supports a "null" driver which would fit the bill perfectly, but theres a bit of an issue when trying to set the SCOUT_DRIVER to null using an environment variable. It seems like Laravel converts the string "null" to be literally null and then the Scout engine fails to load at all.

In the meantime, I've just set the default driver in my config/scout.php to be null and then set SCOUT_DRIVER=algolia in my production environment. However once that issue has been looked at, it should be as simple as setting SCOUT_DRIVER=null (or whatever other name they come up with) in your .env file or other configuration.

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