Php5 port and Apache Module

Christopher Hilton chris at
Sat Jun 9 21:13:11 UTC 2007

Bob wrote:
> The php4 & php5 port apache module used to be default before FBSD 6.0.
> Many people before you on this list have wanted the php4/5 apache module
> turned back on as default but so far the port maintainer has not done
> anything
> in any way of justifying removing the apache module from the default setting
> or re-enable it as the default.
> This has forced all php4/5 users who want to use php in apache to compile it
> manually with the apache module option selected during the make install of
> the port.
> When it was part of the default the php4/5 package was so quick to install
> and ready to work with apache without any special handling.
> Hope you have better luck finding the justification for it being removed
> from the default.

I've been operating under the assumption that:

There is some configuration you can do in 
/usr/local/etc/apache*/httpd.conf to get apache to use the CGI version 
of php;

That this can be done without requiring a shebang (#! ...) line at the 
beginning of every php script;

And that using php as a CGI script offers better performance than 
running it as an apache module.

Looking on the internet though I cannot seem to find a set of 
instructions for configuring php-cgi in apache2. And once I do find the 
configuration I'll have to have a shebang at the start of every php 
module. Further all the performance comparisons that I've seen seem show 
that the performance of php as a FastCGI script and as an Apache Module 
are about equal.

I don't want to get into a war. I'm still assuming that the port 
maintainer knows something that I don't. If I cannot get this running 
soon I guess that I will go back to mod_php5 and revisit this later.

-- Chris

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