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Installing PHP3

There are two different ways to install PHP3 v3.0.12 on a Virtual Server. The best way is to install it as a Dynamic Module.

NOTE: While PHP3 is available for our FreeBSD Virtual Servers, it is unavailable with our Solaris Virtual Servers. Please use PHP4 instead if you have a Solaris Virtual Server.

Which Version of PHP3 do I install?
Within each version of PHP, there are several "builds" to choose from. A build consists of PHP's core features--which are found in every build--and some optional additional features, such as database support, on-the-fly image creation, and encryption.

Bottom Line: You should choose the build that best suits your needs but at the same time does not add unnecessary overhead to your web server.

Example 1: if you plan on using PHP to transfer files between computers, or to use TWIG to access your email, you'll want to choose a PHP build that includes ftp, imap, and the database backend you're using for TWIG in the build name.
Example 2: If you want to use PHP chiefly to access a PostgreSQL database, but not build images on the fly, choose a PHP build with pgsql but without freetype and gd in the build name.
By selecting the PHP build carefully, you will maximize your virtual server's memory use as well as improve the performance of your Apache Web Server.

Installation as a Dynamic Module
This involves installing the mod_php apache dynamic modules. Instructions for this are here.

Installation with CGI Redirect
The other way to install PHP3--as a CGI to which PHP3 files are redirected by the web server--is shown below.
  1. Connect to your Virtual Server via Telnet or SSH and change to your home directory:

      % cd

  2. Install the PHP3 software using the command below:

      % vinstall php

      NOTE: These PHP3 CGI builds are also available.

      % vinstall php-msql
      % vinstall php-mysql
      % vinstall php-pgsql

  3. Modify the DirectoryIndex line of your ~/www/conf/httpd.conf file so that index.php3 files will be included as directory indices.

    DirectoryIndex index.php3 index.cgi index.html index.htm

  4. Add the following lines to your ~/www/conf/httpd.conf file so that all files with .php3 and .phtml extensions will be redirected to the PHP3 CGI executable:

      AddType application/x-httpd-php3 .php3
      AddType application/x-httpd-php3 .phtml
      Action application/x-httpd-php3 /cgi-bin/php

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