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LAMP php-gd Libraries

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Everything seemed complete after configuring my standalone MySQL instance to a LAMP installation, but last night I started playing with the image files. It turns out that I failed to install the php-gd library.

There’s very little feedback when you try to troubleshoot why you can’t read an image. In fact, the error message for reading the BLOB from MySQL was only available on the local Firefox browser:

The image "http://localhost/ConvertMySQLBlobToImage.php" cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

The fix requires root to install the php-gd library with the yum utility:

yum install php-gd

You’ll need to answer y to one question during the installation:

Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
mysql-connectors-community                                  | 2.5 kB  00:00     
mysql-tools-community                                       | 2.5 kB  00:00     
mysql56-community                                           | 2.5 kB  00:00     
pgdg93                                                      | 3.6 kB  00:00     
updates/20/x86_64/metalink                                  |  16 kB  00:00     
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-gd.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: for package: php-gd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package t1lib.x86_64 0:5.1.2-14.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package         Arch            Version                 Repository        Size
 php-gd          x86_64          5.5.22-1.fc20           updates           89 k
Installing for dependencies:
 t1lib           x86_64          5.1.2-14.fc20           updates          164 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+1 Dependent package)
Total download size: 252 k
Installed size: 629 k
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/2): php-gd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                      |  89 kB  00:00     
(2/2): t1lib-5.1.2-14.fc20.x86_64.rpm                       | 164 kB  00:01     
Total                                              157 kB/s | 252 kB  00:01     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
  Installing : t1lib-5.1.2-14.fc20.x86_64                                   1/2 
  Installing : php-gd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                  2/2 
  Verifying  : php-gd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                  1/2 
  Verifying  : t1lib-5.1.2-14.fc20.x86_64                                   2/2 
  php-gd.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20                                                 
Dependency Installed:
  t1lib.x86_64 0:5.1.2-14.fc20                                                  

After the installation, you can run the info.php program, which contains the following:


You’ll find the following gd library display in the result from the info.php program:


After retesting, we get both large text and blob files displayed in the web page:


As always, I hope this helps others. Especially, those who are working with your LAMP stack implementation of images.

Written by maclochlainn

March 31st, 2015 at 6:20 pm