Joomla 2.5 and PHP 5.6

Discussion in 'General' started by onastvar, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. onastvar

    onastvar Member

    I have older Joomla 2.5 website I want to load (does not support PHP 7) I have to use PHP 5.6. Created new db user & db, and imported db via phpmyadmin from old backup, as well as moved all of the files via FTP. For this website, I changed from default PHP to Fast-CGI
    PHP 5.6
    DB Username, DB password, DB host info are correct.

    I moved many sites and loaded them to my server without issues. I'm not sure if this issue is related to my PHP 5.6 additional install. Any ideas where to look and how to fix. When I go to the website I get:

    Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQLDatabase Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL

    Error Logs:
    [Thu Feb 20 10:02:52.670261 2020] [fcgid:warn] [pid 23537] [client] mod_fcgid: stderr: PHP Notice: Constant JDEBUG already defined in /var/www/clients/client37/web63/web/includes/framework.php on line 143

    When I change website PHP from
    PHP 5.6

    PHP 5.6

    I get

    Service Unavailable
    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

    Additionally, a 503 Service Unavailable error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    Apache/2.4.25 (Debian) Server at Port 443
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2020
  2. Taleman

    Taleman Well-Known Member HowtoForge Supporter

    Have you installed php-mysql for PHP version 5.6? Did you check twice the paths for 5.6 are correct?
  3. onastvar

    onastvar Member

    Thank you @Taleman.

    I reinstalled PHP-5.6 from this link
    modified paths inside of ISPConfig, restarted service, and it works now.
    I think i had php-5.6 installed twice compiled manually and from

    now error logs shows
    [Thu Feb 20 13:11:20.239328 2020] [proxy_fcgi:error] [pid 16527] [client] mod_fcgid: stderr: PHP Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening required '/var/www/clients/client37/web63/web/libraries/import.legacy.php' (include_path='.:/usr/share/php') in /var/www/clients/client37/web63/web/includes/framework.php on line 33
  4. Steini86

    Steini86 Active Member

    Does this file exist and has the right permissions?
  5. onastvar

    onastvar Member

    After I installed following packages

    apt-get install php5.6-mysql
    apt-get install php5.6-mbstring

    website started working...

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