Configuring mod_php4

Nigel Wohlers freebsd at
Tue Jan 25 15:53:13 PST 2005

John J Vaughan wrote:
> To answer my own question, I used the php4-extensions port and selected 
> what I needed.
> #cd lang/php4-extensions
> #make config
> selected the extensions I wanted
> #portinstall php4-extensions
> -John
> On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at 02:37  PM, John J Vaughan wrote:
>> I am trying to get mod_php4 loaded with the additional options -DEAPI 
>> (I'm using phpMyAdmin) and --enable-calendar.  I read the makefile, 
>> which didn't have any CONFIGURE_ARGS+=
>> First I tried using portupgrade (I already have a running 5.3-RELEASE 
>> w/ Apache1.3-modssl, mysql-4.1.9, and mod_php4 with standard config 
>> args):
>> So I forced an upgrade using the added options
>> # portupgrade -fM '-DEAPI--enable-calendar' mod_php4
>> That seemed to go smoothly.  Afterwards, I checked my httpd.conf and 
>> started Apache.
>> When I looked at phpinfo.php, only the following options were listed:
>> './configure' '--enable-versioning' '--enable-memory-limit' 
>> '--with-layout=GNU' '--with-config-file-scan-dir=/usr/local/etc/php' 
>> '--disable-all' '--with-regex=php' '--disable-cli' 
>> '--with-apxs=/usr/local/sbin/apxs' '--disable-ipv6' 
>> '--prefix=/usr/local' 'i386-portbld-freebsd5.3'
>> So, then I tried it manually:
>> Shutdown apache
>> #cd /usr/ports/www/mod_php4
>> #pkg_delete -f mod_php4
>> #make -DEAPI--enable-calendar
>> #make install
>> Restarted Apache
>> Still the same options listed in phpinfo.php.
>> Thanks for your help.
>> -John

Hi John,

Sometimes it may be easier to edit the Makefile and add your own 
CONFIGURE_ARGS to the list instead of using the php4-extensions port.

For instance if you want mm based sessions or you want https as a 
registered php stream.

This method may not suit people who just want an easy way to keep their 
servers up-to-date, mind you.


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