ISPConfig on Debian 6 with optional PHP 5.2 for single webs

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  1. Croydon

    Croydon ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    Updating a running debian 5 (lenny) server with client webs on it to debian 6 (squeeze) can lead to problems if some of the webs rely on functions that are deprecated or behave different in debian 6.

    I just puglished a blog article in german language here:

    It shows how to add php 5.2.17 support to debian 6 with mod_fcgid using apache directives in ISPConfig 2.

    Here is the complete shell script that does all the needed steps automatically.
    (my original script is in german, so i translated the neccessary parts)

    The script does:
    - install neccessary packages via apt
    - configure mod_fcgid in apache2
    - create skeleton fcgi-starter dir
    - create script to prepare webs
    - download, compile and install php 5.2.17 (32 or 64 bit)

    I cannot guarantee this will work for you as it does for me. Use it at your own risk!
    Copy the content of the following code section to a shell file (e.g. and run it.
    After the script completes you will get a /root/ file that you have to run once for each web you will enable PHP 5.2 for.
    if [[ $(id -u) -ne 0 ]] ; then
        echo "Please run this script with root privilegues!" ;
        exit 2 ;
    DEBIAN_OK=`cat /etc/debian_version`
    if [[ "$DEBIAN_OK" = "" ]] ; then
      echo "This is not a debian server?!...";
    read -p "We are going to install some debian packages now! Do you want to proceed (y/N)? " DOIT
    if [[ "$DOIT" != "y" ]] ; then
        echo "Abgebrochen." ;
        exit 0 ;
    apt-get install -q -y libapache2-mod-fcgid apache2-suexec libpcre3-dev libpcre++-dev libpng12-dev libbz2-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libc-client2007e-dev libjpeg-dev libgif-dev libgif4 libpthread-stubs0 libpthread-stubs0-dev libx11-dev libxau-dev libxcb1-dev libxdmcp-dev libxpm-dev x11proto-core-dev x11proto-input-dev x11proto-kb-dev xtrans-dev libfreetype6-dev libxml2-dev
    a2enmod fcgid
    a2enmod suexec
    cd /tmp
    wget -q "" -O php.tar.bz2
    tar xjf php.tar.bz2
    cd php-5.2.17
    CHECK=`grep "FcgidMaxRequestLen" /etc/apache2/mods-available/fcgid.conf`
    if [[ "$CHECK" = "" ]] ; then
      CHECK=`grep "FcgidConnectTimeout" /etc/apache2/mods-available/fcgid.conf`
      if [[ "$CHECK" = "" ]] ; then
        echo "FcgidMaxRequestLen 1073741824" >> /etc/apache2/mods-available/fcgid.conf ;
        sed -i -e "s/^\(\s*FcgidConnectTimeout.*\)$/\1\n  FcgidMaxRequestLen 1073741824/" /etc/apache2/mods-available/fcgid.conf ;
      sed -i -r "s/^\s*FcgidMaxRequestLen\s+\d+.*$/FcgidMaxRequestLen 1073741824/" /etc/apache2/mods-available/fcgid.conf ;
    /etc/init.d/apache2 stop
    /etc/init.d/apache2 start
    CHECK=`uname -a | grep 'amd64'`
    if [[ "$CHECK" = "" ]] ; then
      echo "Compiling on 32Bit system" ;
      ./configure --prefix=/usr/share/php52 --datadir=/usr/share/php52 --mandir=/usr/share/man --bindir=/usr/bin/php52 --with-libdir=lib --includedir=/usr/include --sysconfdir=/etc/php52/apache2 --with-config-file-path=/etc/php52/apache2 --with-config-file-scan-dir=/etc/php52/conf.d --enable-libxml --enable-session --with-pcre-regex=/usr --enable-xml --enable-simplexml --enable-filter --disable-debug --enable-inline-optimization --disable-rpath --disable-static --enable-shared --with-pic --with-gnu-ld --with-mysql --with-gd --with-jpeg-dir --with-png-dir --with-xpm-dir --enable-exif --enable-fastcgi --enable-force-cgi-redirect --with-zlib --with-bz2 --with-curl --with-ldap --with-mysqli --with-ttf --with-freetype-dir --enable-soap --enable-sockets --enable-calendar --enable-ftp --enable-mbstring --enable-gd-native-ttf --enable-bcmath --enable-zip --with-pear --with-openssl --with-imap --with-imap-ssl --with-kerberos ;
      echo "Compiling on 64Bit system" ;
      ./configure --prefix=/usr/share/php52 --datadir=/usr/share/php52 --mandir=/usr/share/man --bindir=/usr/bin/php52 --with-libdir=lib64 --includedir=/usr/include --sysconfdir=/etc/php52/apache2 --with-config-file-path=/etc/php52/apache2 --with-config-file-scan-dir=/etc/php52/conf.d --enable-libxml --enable-session --with-pcre-regex=/usr --enable-xml --enable-simplexml --enable-filter --disable-debug --enable-inline-optimization --disable-rpath --disable-static --enable-shared --with-pic --with-gnu-ld --with-mysql --with-gd --with-jpeg-dir --with-png-dir --with-xpm-dir --enable-exif --enable-fastcgi --enable-force-cgi-redirect --with-zlib --with-bz2 --with-curl --with-ldap --with-mysqli --with-ttf --with-freetype-dir --enable-soap --enable-sockets --enable-calendar --enable-ftp --enable-mbstring --enable-gd-native-ttf --enable-bcmath --enable-zip --with-pear --with-openssl --with-imap --with-imap-ssl --with-kerberos ;
    make && make install
    echo "Compiled and installed PHP. If errors occured here, please press CTRL-C to abort!"
    read -p "Creating scripts now... press ENTER to proceed (CTRL+C to cancel)"
    cp /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini /etc/php52/apache2/
    mkdir /etc/php52/cgi
    cp /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini /etc/php52/cgi/
    mkdir -p /etc/php52/php-fcgi/
    echo '#!/bin/sh
    FCGID_STARTER_PHPBIN="/usr/bin/php52/php-cgi -c /etc/php52/cgi/"
    ' > /etc/php52/php-fcgi/php-starter
    chmod 750 /etc/php52/php-fcgi/php-starter
    chattr +i /etc/php52/php-fcgi/php-starter
    echo '#!/bin/sh
    if [ "$WEB_USER" = "" ] ; then
    echo "$0 <WEB_USER> <WEB_ID>.";
    echo "z. B. $0 web4_ftp_adm web4";
    exit 1;
    if [ "$WEB_ID" = "" ] ; then
    echo "$0 <WEB_USER> <WEB_ID>.";
    echo "z. B. $0 web4_ftp_adm web4";
    exit 1;
    if [ ! -e "/var/www/${WEB_ID}" ] ; then
    echo "Directory /var/www/${WEB_ID} is missing."
    exit 1;
    if [ ! -e "/etc/php52/php-fcgi" ] ; then
    echo "Template directory /etc/php52/php-fcgi is missing."
    exit 1;
    cp -a /etc/php52/php-fcgi /var/www/${WEB_ID}/
    chown -R ${WEB_USER}:${WEB_ID} /var/www/${WEB_ID}/php-fcgi
    chattr +i /var/www/${WEB_ID}/php-fcgi/php-starter
    find /var/www/${WEB_ID}/web -user www-data -exec chown ${WEB_USER}:${WEB_ID} {} \;
    echo "Please copy the following code section to the apache directives of ${WEB_ID}:"
    echo "====================================="
    echo "SuexecUserGroup ${WEB_USER} ${WEB_ID}"
    echo "<FilesMatch \.php$>"
    echo "    SetHandler fcgid-script"
    echo "</FilesMatch>"
    echo ""
    echo "AddHandler fcgid-script .php .php4 .php5"
    echo "FCGIWrapper \"/var/www/${WEB_ID}/php-fcgi/php-starter\" .php"
    echo "FCGIWrapper \"/var/www/${WEB_ID}/php-fcgi/php-starter\" .php5"
    echo "FCGIWrapper \"/var/www/${WEB_ID}/php-fcgi/php-starter\" .php4"
    echo ""
    echo "====================================="' > /root/
    chmod 700 /root/
    echo "ALL DONE!"
    echo "Run the command /root/ to prepare a web for PHP 5.2.17."
    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  2. Qluripax

    Qluripax New Member

    Thanks for an interesting post. A question to those guys ho know more about ISPconfig: Is this post implementable on a Debian 6 with ISPconfig 3?
  3. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    ISPConfig 3 has fastcgi support out of the box, so there is no need for such a hack in. Just install your ispconfig 3 server as described in the perfect setup guide and you will get fastcgi support.
  4. counterpoint

    counterpoint New Member

    Thanks very much for this helpful script. I ran into a few small issues along the way, and also found it useful to adapt the final result to suit How To Set Up Apache2 With mod_fcgid And PHP5 On Debian Lenny (which also works fine for Squeeze). I already have a script for creating new sites in that environment.

    First I found the script wouldn't run, because the target system still had the Squeeze default of the dash shell. That can be changed to defaulting to bash by running:
    dpkg-reconfigure dash
    and choosing the "no" option. Alternatively, change the shebang on the first line to specifically select bash:
    Then the system did not return anything with 64 in it from uname, so the selection of 32 bit or 64 bit compile was going wrong. For that I simply hacked the script to:
    # Override choice of 64 bit
    #CHECK=`uname -a | grep 'amd64'`
    to choose 64 bit.

    It also transpired that make was not installed in the target system. That can be checked by:
    aptitude search make
    and if necessary installed with
    aptitude install make
    If the result is to be used in conjunction with a system created using the "how to" mentioned above, then individual web sites can be set up exactly as in the "how to" except that the php-fcgi-starter file is changed to:
    export PHPRC
    export PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS=5000
    export PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN=8
    exec /usr/bin/php52/php-cgi
    (although I actually use different values for the configuration parameters)

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