What Is Needed For SimpleXML Support in PHP?

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Sun Mar 15 06:51:08 PDT 2009

Drew Tomlinson <drew at mykitchentable.net> wrote:
> I have php5-5.2.9 installed on my FBSD 6.3 system.  I am attempting to
> use a php script that fails with:
> Call to undefined function simplexml_load_string()
> Googling suggests that this function is part of the PHP software and is
> installed by default unless built with the "--disable-simplexml"
> configure option.
> On my system, almost everything including PHP has been installed using
> portupgrade.  I searched the ports and found one named php5-simplexml so
> I installed it and tried the script again.  It still failed with the
> same error.
> More Googling and I found that "php -m" will show which modules are
> available.  Here's that output:
> blacklamb> php -m
> [PHP Modules]
> ...
> SimpleXML
> ...
> Thus it appears that SimpleXML is available.
> Can anyone tell me what I'm missing?  I'm lost.


My guess is that this is a web script that you're running via a browser,
and you didn't restart Apache after installing simplexml.  Apache seems
to cache the list of installed PHP modules.

Bill Moran

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