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Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Debian Etch - Page 2
6 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.
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Now we call that file in a browser (e.g. http://192.168.0.100/info.php):
As you see, PHP5 is working, and it's working through FastCGI, 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.
7 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-mhash php5-ming php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl php5-json
You might see a question like this one:
Continue installing libc-client without Maildir support? <-- Yes
Now restart Lighttpd:
(If you've installed the module php5-json and get warnings like this one:
PHP Warning: Module 'json' already loaded in Unknown on line 0
it means that the module got loaded twice. Open /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini, scroll down to the end and comment out the line extension=json.so:
[...] ;extension=json.so [...]
Then restart Lighttpd again:
The warnings should now be gone.)
Now reload http://192.168.0.100/info.php in your browser and scroll down to the modules section again. You should now find lots of new modules there, including the MySQL module: