Troubleshooting

This is a compilation of common problems and their respective solutions and/or workarounds.

Auditing not working

You followed the documentation to the letter and yet, audit records aren't being created?

This package relies on Eloquent events and if they don't fire, there's no way to know something happened.

The most common mistake is doing an update or delete using a Builder instance, rather than an using an Eloquent Model.

Usually, something like this is used:

Post::where('id', $id)->update($data);

When in fact, it should be:

Post::find($id)->update($data);

Error: Call to undefined method Closure::__set_state()

This error happens when Laravel is set to cache the configuration.

By default, the User resolver is a Closure in the config/audits.php file, which causes this issue. To overcome this, the resolver should be set as a FQCN instead.

Read the User resolver section in the General Configuration for more information.

Attributes are considered modified, when they're not

False positives cause Audit records to be created. This happens when model attributes are updated with BOOLEAN and/or DATE values.

The internal data of the Eloquent model will be as follows:

In the $attributes array attribute:

In the $original array attribute:

This makes the getDirty() and isDirty() methods to consider wrongful attribute changes when comparing data.

According to a maintainer, this is an expected behaviour.

As a workaround, consider passing 1 and 0, instead of true and false. For date values, append 00:00:00.

At the time of writing, this is the only open issue about this subject.

Argument 1 passed to Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model::serializeDate() must implement interface DateTimeInterface, null given

This might happen in version 4.1.x, because the updated_at column values in the audits table are set to NULL.

After upgrading the table schema for 4.1.x, don't forget to set the updated_at values to match the ones from created_at.

Read the upgrading documentation for more information.