Tuesday, February 15, 2011

how to rebuild PHP on CentOS or other RedHat derivatives

I was faced with the prospect of rebuilding the PHP interpreter on a server, to add support for GD.

Googling for info yielded this article with some good overview of the process.

After I downloaded the sources and started the configure process I was hit with a slew of errors related to the fact that there were missing some dependencies. Stuff like "xml2-config not found. Please check your libxml2 installation."

One cure for that seems to install the development version of those components, like so:

yum install component-devel 

For me googling the error messages pointed me, in order, to the following resources that helped me solve the issues, here, here, here and finally here.

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