Installing PHP5 from Source on Apache2/RH9 (IWorx) + ZO?.


One of our common clients had come to me for assistance with the compilation of PHP5 on his IWorx machine with the hope of using Auracle Support Engine, our helpdesk (which forces the PHP5 requirement) in conjunction with whois.cart(). Being that I always advocate source compilation, the steps that follow describe the steps taken to successfully compile PHP5 from source.

1. CONFIG :The first step usually involves lifting a compilation command from the phpinfo output. Usually, this config directive is re-usable (since one assumes that it figures in the PHP info directive because it was successful in the first place). Unfortunately, with the PHP config installed by Interworx RPM, this isn’t the case. Some doctoring is at hand. The final result:

(file phpcompile)
./configure --with-apxs2=/usr/sbin/apxs --prefix=/usr --bindir=/usr/bin --mandir=/usr/share/man --disable-debug --disable-rpath --with-bz2 --with-db4=/usr --with-curl --with-exec-dir=/usr/bin --with-freetype-dir=/usr --with-png-dir=/usr --with-gd --with-gdbm --with-gettext --with-ncurses=shared --with-gmp --with-iconv --with-jpeg-dir=/usr --with-openssl --with-png --with-xml --with-expat-dir=/usr --with-dom --with-dom-xslt --with-dom-exslt --with-xmlrpc --with-readline --with-pcre=/usr --with-zlib --with-pear=/usr/share/pear --with-mhash --with-ldap --with-mcrypt --with-mysql=/usr --with-unixODBC=/usr --with-pgsql --without-oci8 --with-snmp=/usr --enable-ucd-snmp-hack --enable-bcmath --enable-exif --enable-ftp --enable-magic-quotes --enable-safe-mode --enable-sockets --enable-sysvsem --enable-sysvshm --enable-discard-path --enable-yp --enable-wddx --enable-memory-limit --enable-bcmath --enable-shmop --enable-calendar --enable-dbx --enable-dio --enable-mcal --enable-mbstring --enable-mbstr-enc-trans --enable-mbregex --enable-inline-optimization --enable-gd-native-ttf --enable-pic
Note that these directives must exist on a single line. These aren’t my settings of choice, but simply a replication of the environment that was specified by the Interworx PHP4 build that was operational at the time.

2. PREP: Set up a home base, I usually mkdir /devel and work from there. Save your phpcompile file into that folder, and cd /devel

3. APR: One of the problems on the box in particular was that the php compilation would fail with a missing apu-config command (which is commonly installed ometv Chatroulette chatavenue alongside httpd-devel in my experience). It appears that it was dissociated in this case, so the installation of apr was necessary. Let me interject, I hate RPMs, but gave them a try this time…disastrous failure - the dependencies trickle down into db4 which is required by too manythings. If I can offer any timesaving advice, go get the source instead; which bides the steps that follow:

3a. wget
3b. tar -zxf apr-0.9.7.tar.gz
3c. cd apr-0.9.7
3d. ./configure
3e. make && make install
3f. cd …

3f. wget
3g. tar -zxf apr-util-0.9.7.tar.gz
3h. cd apr-util-0.9.7
3i. ./configure --with-apr=/usr/local/apr/bin/apu-config
3j. make && make install
3k. cd …

3l. create a symlink to apu-config on your system to /usr/bin:
ln -s /usr/local/apr/bin/apu-config /usr/bin/apu-config

4. PHP SOURCE: Time to get the PHP source from, from your /devel:

4a. wget…
4b. tar -zxf php-5.1.2.tar.gz
4c. cp phpcompile ./php-5.1.2/phpcompile
4d. cd php-5.1.2
4e. chmod 700 phpcompile
4f. ./phpcompile

The system will attempt to configure your php compilation using the flags in the phpcompile file above. Note that this varies on a per-system basis, if you run into problems, make sure that the options in your phpcompile flag can be ‘backed’. That is if you have --with-mysql in there, make sure that your mysql is actually installed! You can get away with stripping options whose components are missing - just make sure you don’t strip anything that interworx needs. Sometimes it’s just a game of specifying the right path to the component, see the config file directives section at for more info.

4g. If the compile command is successful, issue: make && make install

5. Preparing HTTPD: There seems to be a BSD-style config file system going on on these IWorx machines. When running make install on the PHP source, it’ll automagically add the LoadModule directive to your /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf. Thus,

5a. pico /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf and comment out:
#LoadModule php4_module modules/

5b. pico /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and make sure that the only “LoadModule phpX” module that’s there, is the one that loads PHP5. I prefer to leave it in httpd.conf - otherwise, PHP will continuously add that line upon recompilation. One could argue that I could have specified the config-file path in the config directive. In defense, where one’s fingers are already overworked, all this extra typing seems…unsurmountable…defaults are good.

6. ZEND OPTIMIZER : Download Zend Optimizer from - it’s a free download. Unpack, and access its directory to issue: ./ Follow the steps prescribed, it’s pretty painless. The ZO installer will ask you for the default location for php.ini, on this machine, it was in /etc/php.ini. ZO’s installer usually figures out the rest on its own (presents the options as default values).

6a. Not sure if this is an Interworx requirement, but I didn’t change it to be on the safe side - PHP apparently expected php.ini to be in /usr/bin. Thus, symlink it:

ln -s /usr/local/Zend/etc/php.ini /usr/lib/php.ini

7. PHP.INI CLEANUP : pico /usr/local/Zend/etc/php.ini. Few strange things I saw, not sure if these are Interworx required/related…but perhaps worth mention:

-consider setting extension_dir to the standard /usr/lib/php/extensions/ instead of local values (.) which could permit your users to load .so objects from their home directories!

-consider turning mysql persistent links OFF. These are a waste - the resources required to spawn a thread on mySQL are FAR less than the resources used to maintain persistent links.



Welcome to IW forums

IW-CP has multi pHP versions so you can choose from PHP 4 through to PHP 8 Dev if your server has centos 6 or 7

You enable multiPHP and this downloads the versions you want to use. You then make then available to resellers or siteworx accounts and then the users can change versions at will

Many thanks