**Update: **This post is nearly two years old, and this is not how I would recommend upgrading PHP on RHEL, yet it continues to get traffic. If I can get my hands on a copy of RHEL, I’ll update this (or I might try using Fedora just to compare).
Upgrading PHP on RHEL 5 is difficult. Having done it on several servers, I’ve gotten it down to a 15 to 20 step process. It takes a while, but it’s straightforward. I thought I’d share, because help was sparse and noncontiguous at best.
RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 comes with PHP 5.1.6 and, as of this writing, this is the highest version available on yum. If you want to upgrade to 5.2.4, or even recompile 5.1.6 with a custom configuration, you’ll need to resolve several dependencies, first.
Unless otherwise specified, whenever I run
./configure, I always include
The first step is to make sure you have a working APXS script installed. None of the servers on which I’ve done this had it. I installed Apache 2.2.4 over the default install, since it was the latest version. Be sure to enable APXS with
--enable-so. Be careful configuring Apache, as it likes to install itself in
/usr/local/apache2/ instead of
/etc/httpd/, which you may prefer.
Now we start resolving the dependencies. I’d start with libtool and libiconv. The former you should be able to install via yum. The latter you may have to download, and after you configure it, from the source directory copy
Use yum to make sure
mysql-devel is installed, you’ll need it to link to mysql.
Then I’d do the image manipulation software, since it’s fairly easy. Use yum to install
freetype. You can then use yum to make sure both
gd-devel are installed.
ming at this point. I’d say it’s a good time to get any of these more particular dependencies out of the way. I also installed Tidy, which you need to check out from their CVS repository. You can run
build/gnuauto/setup.sh from the Tidy source directory to create the autoconf files.
Now we get to the crux of the matter: configuring PHP. All the major dependencies should have been taken care of. If you have other PHP options you’ll need, make sure those prerequisites are installed, as well. Run the configure script in the PHP source directory with everything you need enabled. I find it helpful to create a script like
php.config with the following format:
'./configure' \ '--with-cgi' \ '--with-fastcgi' \ '--with-gd' \ ... '--with-xml' \ "[email protected]"
You need to include the slashes
\ at the end of every line. The last line,
"[email protected]" makes the script output the output of
If you get an error running
make, you may need to edit your
Makefile. Find the
EXTRA_LIBS section (in vi/vim, type
<ctrl-c> /EXTRA_LIBS <return>) and add
-liconv to the end of the line. Then try
make clean && make and it should work.
You may or may not have to edit your
httpd.conf, after running
make install from the PHP source directory, to add the
AddHandler directive for PHP.
That should be it. You can install extensions via PECL or Pear and everything should run. Save the source directory and your
config.nice) file, and you’ll be able to recompile at any time, in case you forgot something. (I, for example, forgot to add
--with-mysql the first time!)
Let me know if you run into other problems. Most can be solved by typing
yum install ###-devel to resolve a dependency, but if not, I’ve done this enough to be of some help.