Setting up a web application on CentOS (continued)

Before continuing the rest of the installation process we started (/wp/index.php/2009/07/setting-up-a-web-application-on-centos-5-3/), I must mention my appreciation for the “yummy” tool Linux developers provided: yum (.. an automatic updater and package installer/remover for rpm systems). I love using webmin (.. a web-based interface for system administration for Unix) as well. The other day I only clicked on a button to upgrade almost all the packages in our CentOS box; this facility is using yum in the background. It took almost 2 hours: just be patient 🙂

The main problem I have experienced was the create the link between PHP and Oracle 10g Express Database server. Thanks to Google I was able to find people on the net that had the similar issues.

I downloaded 2 (free) packages from Oracle’s website (into folder /usr/src/):


Then, I ran:

Development packages and a compiler were needed, as far as I understood from the error messages.

When it asks for the ORACLE_HOME or Oracle Instant Client, type:


By the way, I did not need all the pecl libraries installed. I simply went into /etc/php.d/ and commented out the lines for extensions (to disable them):

So, far the packages installed help us run our bespoke web application on Apache (httpd 2.2.3), PHP 5.3.1, Firebird 2.1.2, Oracle 10g XE.

Check the following useful extras:

Reading emails from an IMAP server, parsing structured content, preparing emails using by TinyMCE with spellchecker and sending email using PHPMailer class are all fun!

Happy coding!

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