Steven Mercatante Steven Mercatante - 2 months ago 11x
PHP Question

Trouble with importing annotations

I'm working on a CodeIgniter project in which I'm using Doctrine2 and the Symfony2 Validator component.

All my Doctrine2 entities

use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping
and the entity manager recognizes them. My entity annotation looks like this:

* @Entity(repositoryClass = "UserRepository")
* @Table(name = "user")
* @HasLifecycleCallbacks()

At this point, I'm able to persist entities without any trouble. The first problem arises when I try to use the Symfony2 Validator component. When I try to validate a
object, I get this error:

[Semantical Error] The annotation "@Entity" in class Entity\User was never imported. Did you maybe forget to add a "use" statement for this annotation?

The only "fix" to this issue is through
use Doctrine\Mapping\Entity
, but I have to do that for every annotation being used by my entity (Table, Column, ManyToOne, etc.). I'm trying to figure out why I need to explicitely
each annotation class instead of them being automatically recognized (shouldn't
use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping
grant me access to all the classes within that namespace?).

So, I then tried
use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping as ORM
and prefacing all my annotations with
. Ex:
. The Symfony2 validator stops complaining, but now Doctrine2 complains that
Class Entity\User is not a valid entity or mapped super class.
I have no idea why this method works for the Validator, but not Doctrine2. If I run the console command
, my
entity is not recognized.

Because this is a CodeIgniter app, I'm autoloading the Symfony2 and Doctrine2 libraries. My autoload code is as follows:

# Symfony2 ClassLoader component
require_once __DIR__ . '/application/libraries/symfony/src/Symfony/Component/ClassLoader/UniversalClassLoader.php';
$loader = new \Symfony\Component\ClassLoader\UniversalClassLoader();
$loader->registerNamespace('Symfony', __DIR__ . '/application/libraries/symfony/src');
$loader->registerNamespace('Doctrine', __DIR__ . '/application/libraries/doctrine/lib');

# Doctrine2
require_once __DIR__ . '/application/libraries/doctrine/lib/Doctrine/Common/Annotations/AnnotationRegistry.php';
use Doctrine\Common\Annotations\AnnotationRegistry;
AnnotationRegistry::registerLoader(function($class) use ($loader) {
$classExists = class_exists($class, false);
return $classExists;
AnnotationRegistry::registerFile(__DIR__ . '/application/libraries/doctrine/lib/Doctrine/ORM/Mapping/Driver/DoctrineAnnotations.php');

I don't care if I have to preface everything with
or not, I just want to find a solution that the Symfony2 Validator and Doctrine2 will both work with. Any ideas?


I had a similar issue when using Silex, Doctrine2 and the Symfony-Validator.

The solution was to avoid using the SimpleAnnotationsReader and instead using the normal AnnotationReader (have a look at Doctrine\ORM\Configuration::newDefaultAnnotationDriver). You can then preface every entity with ORM\ (and of course inserting use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping as ORM; in every entity).