Posts Tagged ‘php extensions’

Enable Apache libphp extension to interpret PHP scripts on FreeBSD 9.1

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

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Enable php scripts to be interpreted / executed by PHP on freebsd
First you have to have installed and properly set up Apache from port, in my case this is Apache:

 

freebsd# pkg_info | grep -i apache
ap22-mod_fastcgi-2.4.6_3 A fast-cgi module for Apache
apache22-2.2.23_4   Version 2.2.x of Apache web server with prefork MPM.
apr-1.4.6.1.4.1_3   Apache Portability Library

I've installed it from source port /usr/ports/www/apache22, with:

freebsd# cd /usr/ports/www/apache22;
freebsd# make install clean
.....
Then to be able to start Apache from init script and make it run automatically on FBSD system reboot:

 

echo 'apache22_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

I've also installed php5-extensions port;

freebsd# cd /usr/ports/lang/php5-extensions/
freebsd# make install clean
....
freebsd# cp -rpf /usr/local/etc/php.ini-production /usr/local/etc/php.ini

I had to select the exact Apache PHP library extensions I need, after selecting and installing, here is the list of PHP extensions installed on system:

freebsd# pkg_info | grep -i php5
php5-5.4.10         PHP Scripting Language
php5-bz2-5.4.10     The bz2 shared extension for php
php5-ctype-5.4.10   The ctype shared extension for php
php5-dom-5.4.10     The dom shared extension for php
php5-filter-5.4.10  The filter shared extension for php
php5-gd-5.4.10      The gd shared extension for php
php5-gettext-5.4.10 The gettext shared extension for php
php5-hash-5.4.10    The hash shared extension for php
php5-iconv-5.4.10   The iconv shared extension for php
php5-json-5.4.10    The json shared extension for php
php5-mbstring-5.4.10 The mbstring shared extension for php
php5-mcrypt-5.4.10  The mcrypt shared extension for php
php5-mysql-5.4.10   The mysql shared extension for php
php5-pdo-5.4.10     The pdo shared extension for php
php5-pdo_sqlite-5.4.10 The pdo_sqlite shared extension for php
php5-phar-5.4.10    The phar shared extension for php
php5-posix-5.4.10   The posix shared extension for php
php5-session-5.4.10 The session shared extension for php
php5-simplexml-5.4.10 The simplexml shared extension for php
php5-sqlite3-5.4.10 The sqlite3 shared extension for php
php5-tokenizer-5.4.10 The tokenizer shared extension for php
php5-xml-5.4.10     The xml shared extension for php
php5-xmlreader-5.4.10 The xmlreader shared extension for php
php5-xmlwriter-5.4.10 The xmlwriter shared extension for php
php5-zip-5.4.10     The zip shared extension for php
php5-zlib-5.4.10    The zlib shared extension for php

By default DirectoryIndex is not set to process index.php and .php, file extensions will not be interpreted by libphp, instead requests to .php, just opens them as plain text files.

In Apache config httpd.conf, libphp5 module should be displaying as loaded, like so:

freebsd# grep -i php5 /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf
LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache22/libphp5.so

Next step find in /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf lines:

<IfModule dir_module>

DirectoryIndex index.html

Change

DirectoryIndex index.html

to

DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

(If you would like index.php to be processed as primary whether an Apache directory contains both .php and .html files.

After DirectoryIndex index.php, paste following;

<IfModule mod_dir.c>
    <IfModule mod_php3.c>
        <IfModule mod_php5.c>
            DirectoryIndex index.php index.php3 index.html
        </IfModule>
        <IfModule !mod_php4.c>
            DirectoryIndex index.php3 index.html
        </IfModule>
    </IfModule>
    <IfModule !mod_php3.c>
        <IfModule mod_php5.c>
            DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.htm
        </IfModule>
        <IfModule !mod_php4.c>
            DirectoryIndex index.html
        </IfModule>
    </IfModule>
</IfModule>

Open /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf. I use vim so:

vim /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf

and press CTRL+g to go to last line of file. Last line is:

Include etc/apache22/Includes/*.conf

I press I to insert text and paste before the line:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phpS

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .htm .html

And save with the usual vim esc+ :x! (exit, save and overwrite changes command).

Then restart Apache to load new settings, after testing Apache config is okay;

freebsd# apache2ctl -t
Syntax OK
freebsd# /usr/local/sbin/apachectl -k restart

To test php conduct the usual test if php is interpretting code with phpinfo(); by creating  file php_info.php and pasting inside:

<?php
phpinfo();
?>

One important note, to make here is if you try to use phpinfo(); test code like:

<?
phpinfo();
?>

You will get in your browser empty pages content – which usually appear only, if PHP execution fails. Even if you try to enable PHP errors to be displayed in browser by setting

display_errors = On in /usr/local/etc/php.ini, or configuring a separate php error_log file with setting variable error_log, i.e.:

error_log = /var/log/php_error.log

No error or warning is to be both displayed in browser or recorded in log. After consulting in irc.freenode.net #php, I was pointed out by nezZario that this unusual behavior is normal for PHP 5.4, as well as explained this behavior is controlled by var called:

Short Open Tags

To enable Short Open Tags to interpret PHP code inside <? set in /usr/local/etc/php.ini

short_open_tag = On

How to fix php “Fatal error: Class ‘SimpleXMLElement’ not found” and “Fatal error: Class ‘JLoader’ not found” on FreeBSD

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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One of the contact forms running on a FreeBSD server configured to work on top of Apache+MySQL suddenly stopped working.

The errors that appeared on the webpage during a page request to the form url was:

Fatal error: Class 'SimpleXMLElement' not found in /var/www/joomla/plugins/system/plugin_googlemap2_helper.php on line 2176 Fatal error: Class 'JLoader' not found in /var/www/joomla/plugins/libraries/loader.php on line 161

As you see in the output the website which was causing the issues was running a Joomla version 1.5.23 Stable configured with RSForm!ver 1.5.x (as a contact form solution) and Google Maps version 2.13b plugins.

The Google Map from Google Maps plugin and the RSform were configured to appear on one physical configured article in Joomla and seemed to work just until now. However yesterday suddenly the error messages:
Fatal error: Class ‘SimpleXMLElement’ not found
Fatal error: Class ‘JLoader’ not found

came out of nothing, it’s really strange as I don’t remember doing any changes to either Joomla or the PHP installation on this server.
There is one more guy who has access to the Joomla installation which I suspect might have changed something in the Joomla, but this scenario is not very likely.

Anyways as the problem was there I had to fix it up. Obviously as the error message Fatal error: Class ‘SimpleXMLElement’ not found reported the server php simplexml was missing!

Just to assure myself the php simplexml extension is not present on the server I used the classical method of setting up a php file with phpinfo(); in it to check all the installed php extensions on the server.

Finally to solve the issue I had to install the module from ports php5-simplexml , e.g.:

freebsd# cd /usr/ports/textproc/php5-simplexml
freebsd# make install clean

Afterwards to make the new settings take place I did restart of my Apache server:

freebsd# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/apache2 restart
Syntax OK
Stopping apache2.
Waiting for PIDS: 63883.
Performing sanity check on apache2 configuration:
Syntax OK
Starting apache2.

Now my Joomla contact form is back to normal 😉

If someone has any idea why this error occured without any php or server modifications, and how comes that all worked fine beforehand even though I did not have the simplexml module instlaled on the server o_O, I would be enormously greatful.