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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Squeeze (LAMP) - Page 2

5 Testing PHP5 / Getting Details About Your PHP5 Installation

The document root of the default web site is /var/www. We will now create a small PHP file (info.php) in that directory and call it in a browser. The file will display lots of useful details about our PHP installation, such as the installed PHP version.

vi /var/www/info.php

Now we call that file in a browser (e.g.

As you see, PHP5 is working, and it's working through the Apache 2.0 Handler, as shown in the Server API line. If you scroll further down, you will see all modules that are already enabled in PHP5. MySQL is not listed there which means we don't have MySQL support in PHP5 yet.


6 Getting MySQL Support In PHP5

To get MySQL support in PHP, we can install the php5-mysql package. It's a good idea to install some other PHP5 modules as well as you might need them for your applications. You can search for available PHP5 modules like this:

apt-cache search php5

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

apt-get install php5-mysql php5-curl php5-gd php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-ming php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl

Now restart Apache2:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Now reload in your browser and scroll down to the modules section again. You should now find lots of new modules there, including the MySQL module:


7 phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a web interface through which you can manage your MySQL databases. It's a good idea to install it:

apt-get install phpmyadmin

You will see the following question:

Web server to reconfigure automatically: <-- apache2
Configure database for phpmyadmin with dbconfig-common? <-- No

Afterwards, you can access phpMyAdmin under


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By: Blas

very good



Blas   ........Brasil - S. Paulo

By: taoshi


always helpfull and handly :)

 Keep up the great work!


Taoshi. Quito-Ecuador.

By: John Erck

If you receive a 404 Not Found error when trying to access phpmyadmin after following the above steps, fear not. The solution is as follows:

 1) Run the following cmd via your command prompt:

 sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

 2) Then add the following line to the file you just created/opened

Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

 3) Then run the following cmd via your command prompt:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

 4) You're done! http://yourip/phpmyadmin/ should now render as expected.

By: Dex

Thanks, worked perfectly for me. Now I'm getting "

Server running with Suhosin. Please refer to documentation for possible issues." Inside phpmyadmin.

By: can

you're awesome guys. thanks.



By: Illz

I've used this tutorial when I was first learning LAMP and I still come back to this tutorial when I eed to refresh my memory. 

Thank you

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