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5 Testing PHP5 / Getting Details About Your PHP5 Installation

The document root of the default web site is /srv/www/htdocs/. 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 /srv/www/htdocs/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:

yast2 -i php5-mysql php5-bcmath php5-bz2 php5-calendar php5-ctype php5-curl php5-dom php5-ftp php5-gd php5-gettext php5-gmp php5-iconv php5-imap php5-ldap php5-mbstring php5-mcrypt php5-odbc php5-openssl php5-pcntl php5-pgsql php5-posix php5-shmop php5-snmp php5-soap php5-sockets php5-sqlite php5-sysvsem php5-tokenizer php5-wddx php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl php5-zlib php5-exif php5-fastcgi php5-pear php5-sysvmsg php5-sysvshm

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.

phpMyAdmin can be installed as follows:

zypper install

Afterwards, you can access phpMyAdmin under


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By: Anonymous

i followed this guide, works a treat! would have been really disappointed with this book i bought otherwise!

only trouble i had was with phpMyAdmin, as of 24/9/10, its version was up to 3.3.7-1.1 and so had to be reflected in the zypper command argument.

Thanks for the guide!

By: Abercrombie UK

I want to directly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates, but I cant find it, do you have one?

By: mh11

I also have to say: congratulations!

 I read a lot of How-TO's in my life, but this one is the best, I ever saw!

 As someway else already mentioned, the only thing that worked not
in the first try, was to install phpMyAdmin, because it was updated
to already.

To all who wants to follow this guide, simple substitued the last
zypper command by this one:

zypper install

(or, if this not works, simply type in your browser:

and find the latest version).

Anyway, as written, the best How-TO, I ever saw!


By: CmpTec

WOW I totally agree this was the best set of instructions I've ever executed. Everything worked the first time.

THX for the good work!!


By: Ogbi-web_kenobi

Thanks for this one. Exactly what I've been looking for.

By: Andreas Västanpihl

Simple but works perfektly thou the phpmyadmin has yet again been updated

zypper install

 Thanks and Keep up the good work!


Br Andreas

By: Kevin

I have to say, I've used four or five different tutorials trying to get MySQL to work in the past two days, including MySQL's own, and none have worked until I stumbled onto yours just before giving up. Thanks a lot.