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Fedora LAMP Steps

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I posted earlier in the year how to configure a Fedora instance to test PHP code on a local VM. However, I’ve got a few questions on how to find those posts. Here’s a consolidation with links on those steps:

  1. Go to this blog post and install the httpd and php libraries with the yum installer.
  2. In the same blog post as step 1 (you can put the sample PHP code into the /var/www/html directory for testing), connect to the yum shell and remove the php-mysql library and then install the mysqlnd library.
  3. Go to this blog post and install the php-gd libraries, which enable you to render PNG images stored as binary streams in MySQL.

As always, I hope that helps.

Written by maclochlainn

December 9th, 2015 at 9:44 am

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: libt1.so.5()(64bit) 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
================================================================================
Installing:
 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     
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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 
 
Installed:
  php-gd.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20                                                 
 
Dependency Installed:
  t1lib.x86_64 0:5.1.2-14.fc20                                                  
 
Complete!

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

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

Linux_php_gd_library

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

LAMPBlobTextPage

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

Fedora Install LAMP

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My students wanted an extra credit assignment, so I thought a LAMP configuration and test would be appropriate. The only problem was I hadn’t added it to their course VMware instance. So, here are the instructions to install Apache2, PHP, and MySQLi for a complete LAMP stack when MySQL is already installed.

The post builds on my Fedora Install of MySQL and MySQL Workbench on Fedora posts from last year. It also presumes that you’ve installed a studentdb database but you need to know how to do that let me know (but it hasn’t changed much from the example at the bottom of this old MySQL 5.1 blog post).

You install Apache2 with the following command as the root user, or with the sudo command as a sudoer-list user:

yum install httpd

The following displays the results of starting the yum utility to install httpd, and you need to reply with a y to complete 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     
updates                                                     | 4.9 kB  00:00     
updates/20/x86_64/primary_db                                |  13 MB  00:04     
(1/2): updates/20/x86_64/updateinfo                         | 1.9 MB  00:02     
(2/2): updates/20/x86_64/pkgtags                            | 1.4 MB  00:01     
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package httpd.x86_64 0:2.4.10-2.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: httpd-tools = 2.4.10-2.fc20 for package: httpd-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: system-logos-httpd for package: httpd-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package fedora-logos-httpd.noarch 0:21.0.1-1.fc20 will be installed
---> Package httpd-tools.x86_64 0:2.4.10-2.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
 
Dependencies Resolved
 
================================================================================
 Package                  Arch         Version              Repository     Size
================================================================================
Installing:
 httpd                    x86_64       2.4.10-2.fc20        updates       1.2 M
Installing for dependencies:
 fedora-logos-httpd       noarch       21.0.1-1.fc20        fedora         28 k
 httpd-tools              x86_64       2.4.10-2.fc20        updates        79 k
 
Transaction Summary
================================================================================
Install  1 Package (+2 Dependent packages)
 
Total download size: 1.3 M
Installed size: 4.0 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/3): fedora-logos-httpd-21.0.1-1.fc20.noarch.rpm          |  28 kB  00:00     
(2/3): httpd-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64.rpm                       | 1.2 MB  00:01     
(3/3): httpd-tools-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64.rpm                 |  79 kB  00:00     
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Total                                              815 kB/s | 1.3 MB  00:01     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
  Installing : httpd-tools-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64                             1/3 
  Installing : fedora-logos-httpd-21.0.1-1.fc20.noarch                      2/3 
  Installing : httpd-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64                                   3/3 
  Verifying  : httpd-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64                                   1/3 
  Verifying  : fedora-logos-httpd-21.0.1-1.fc20.noarch                      2/3 
  Verifying  : httpd-tools-2.4.10-2.fc20.x86_64                             3/3 
 
Installed:
  httpd.x86_64 0:2.4.10-2.fc20                                                  
 
Dependency Installed:
  fedora-logos-httpd.noarch 0:21.0.1-1.fc20  httpd-tools.x86_64 0:2.4.10-2.fc20 
 
Complete!

Next, you install php as the root user with the following command:

yum install php

The following displays when you install php, and you need to reply with a y to complete the installation:

Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: php-common(x86-64) = 5.5.22-1.fc20 for package: php-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: php-cli(x86-64) = 5.5.22-1.fc20 for package: php-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-cli.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
---> Package php-common.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: php-pecl-jsonc(x86-64) for package: php-common-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-pecl-jsonc.x86_64 0:1.3.6-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: /usr/bin/pecl for package: php-pecl-jsonc-1.3.6-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: /usr/bin/pecl for package: php-pecl-jsonc-1.3.6-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-pear.noarch 1:1.9.5-6.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: php-xml for package: 1:php-pear-1.9.5-6.fc20.noarch
--> Processing Dependency: php-posix for package: 1:php-pear-1.9.5-6.fc20.noarch
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-process.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
---> Package php-xml.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
 
Dependencies Resolved
 
================================================================================
 Package               Arch          Version               Repository      Size
================================================================================
Installing:
 php                   x86_64        5.5.22-1.fc20         updates        2.6 M
Installing for dependencies:
 php-cli               x86_64        5.5.22-1.fc20         updates        3.9 M
 php-common            x86_64        5.5.22-1.fc20         updates        1.0 M
 php-pear              noarch        1:1.9.5-6.fc20        updates        343 k
 php-pecl-jsonc        x86_64        1.3.6-1.fc20          updates         34 k
 php-process           x86_64        5.5.22-1.fc20         updates         77 k
 php-xml               x86_64        5.5.22-1.fc20         updates        247 k
 
Transaction Summary
================================================================================
Install  1 Package (+6 Dependent packages)
 
Total download size: 8.2 M
Installed size: 32 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/7): php-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                         | 2.6 MB  00:03     
(2/7): php-cli-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                     | 3.9 MB  00:03     
(3/7): php-common-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                  | 1.0 MB  00:00     
(4/7): php-pear-1.9.5-6.fc20.noarch.rpm                     | 343 kB  00:00     
(5/7): php-pecl-jsonc-1.3.6-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm               |  34 kB  00:00     
(6/7): php-process-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                 |  77 kB  00:00     
(7/7): php-xml-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                     | 247 kB  00:00     
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                              1.1 MB/s | 8.2 MB  00:07     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
  Installing : php-cli-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                 1/7 
  Installing : php-process-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                             2/7 
  Installing : php-xml-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                 3/7 
  Installing : 1:php-pear-1.9.5-6.fc20.noarch                               4/7 
  Installing : php-common-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                              5/7 
  Installing : php-pecl-jsonc-1.3.6-1.fc20.x86_64                           6/7 
  Installing : php-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                     7/7 
  Verifying  : php-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                     1/7 
  Verifying  : php-common-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                              2/7 
  Verifying  : php-cli-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                 3/7 
  Verifying  : 1:php-pear-1.9.5-6.fc20.noarch                               4/7 
  Verifying  : php-process-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                             5/7 
  Verifying  : php-xml-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                 6/7 
  Verifying  : php-pecl-jsonc-1.3.6-1.fc20.x86_64                           7/7 
 
Installed:
  php.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20                                                    
 
Dependency Installed:
  php-cli.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20        php-common.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20      
  php-pear.noarch 1:1.9.5-6.fc20        php-pecl-jsonc.x86_64 0:1.3.6-1.fc20   
  php-process.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20    php-xml.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20         
 
Complete!

After installing the software, you can set the Apache server to start automatically with the following command:

chkconfig httpd on

However, that command only starts the Apache server the next time you boot the server. You use the following command as the root user to start the Apache server:

apachectl start

You can verify the installation with the following command as the root user:

ps -ef | grep httpd | grep -v grep

It should return:

root      5433     1  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
apache    5434  5433  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
apache    5435  5433  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
apache    5436  5433  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
apache    5437  5433  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
apache    5438  5433  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
apache    5442  5433  0 17:03 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND

and, then verify the listening port with the following command as the root user:

netstat -tulpn | grep :80

It should return the following when both the Apache server is listening on port 80 and the Oracle multi-protocol server is listening on port 8080:

tcp6       0      0 :::80                   :::*                    LISTEN      5433/httpd          
tcp6       0      0 :::8080                 :::*                    LISTEN      1505/tnslsnr

After verifying the connection, you can test it by creating the traditional info.php program file in the /var/www/http directory. The file should contain the following:

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  phpinfo();
?>

You can test it by opening the Firefox browser and entering the following URL from the Fedora Linux image:

http://localhost/info.php

It should display the typical diagnostic page. This verifies the configuration of the Apache and PHP servers. The next step verifies whether you have the mysqli library to connect to the MySQL database.

You create a mysqli_check.php script, like this:

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<html>
<header>
<title>Static Query Object Sample</title>
<style type="text/css">
  /* HTML element styles. */
  table {background:white;border-style:solid;border-width:3px;border-color:black;border-collapse:collapse;}
  th {text-align:center;font-style:bold;background:lightgray;border:solid 1px gray;}
  td {border:solid 1px gray;}
 
  /* Class tag element styles. */
  .ID {min-width:50px;text-align:right;}
  .Label {min-width:200px;text-align:left;}
</style>
</header>
<body>
<?php
  if (!function_exists('mysqli_init') && !extension_loaded('mysqli')) {
    print 'mysqli not installed.'; }
  else {
    print 'mysqli installed.'; }
?>
</script>
</body>
</html>

You can test it with the following URL from the local browser:

http://localhost/mysqli_check.php

If it’s installed you can skip the next step, but if not you need to run yum in expert mode as follows (the check for php-mysql isn’t really necessary because it’s too old a version but good practice):

[root@localhost etc]# yum shell
Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
> remove php-mysql
No Match for argument: php-mysql
> install php-mysqlnd
> run
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-mysqlnd.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: php-pdo(x86-64) = 5.5.22-1.fc20 for package: php-mysqlnd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package php-pdo.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
 
================================================================================
 Package             Arch           Version               Repository       Size
================================================================================
Installing:
 php-mysqlnd         x86_64         5.5.22-1.fc20         updates         293 k
Installing for dependencies:
 php-pdo             x86_64         5.5.22-1.fc20         updates         141 k
 
Transaction Summary
================================================================================
Install  1 Package (+1 Dependent package)
 
Total download size: 433 k
Installed size: 1.4 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/2): php-mysqlnd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                 | 293 kB  00:00     
(2/2): php-pdo-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                     | 141 kB  00:00     
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                              427 kB/s | 433 kB  00:01     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction (shutdown inhibited)
  Installing : php-pdo-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                 1/2 
  Installing : php-mysqlnd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                             2/2 
  Verifying  : php-pdo-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                                 1/2 
  Verifying  : php-mysqlnd-5.5.22-1.fc20.x86_64                             2/2 
 
Installed:
  php-mysqlnd.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20                                            
 
Dependency Installed:
  php-pdo.x86_64 0:5.5.22-1.fc20                                                
 
Finished Transaction
> quit

You should note that this also installed PDO. One caveat, before you rerun the mysqli_check.php script from a browser, you need to restart the Apache server. You can do that as the root user with the following syntax:

apachectl restart

You can retest it with the following URL from the local browser:

http://localhost/mysqli_check.php

At this point you should have everything installed to test your connection the MySQL database. As mentioned, this example extends my instructions for installing MySQL on the Fedora instance.

The following query.php file tests your ability to connect to the MySQL database with the mysqli driver, and it uses the studentdb and video store example from my Oracle Database 11g and MySQL 5.6 Developer Handbook:

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<html>
<header>
<title>Static Query Object Sample</title>
<style type="text/css">
  /* HTML element styles. */
  table {background:white;border-style:solid;border-width:3px;border-color:black;border-collapse:collapse;}
  th {text-align:center;font-style:bold;background:lightgray;border:solid 1px gray;}
  td {border:solid 1px gray;}
 
  /* Class tag element styles. */
  .ID {min-width:50px;text-align:right;}
  .Label {min-width:200px;text-align:left;}
</style>
</header>
<body>
<?php
  // Assign credentials to connection.
  $mysqli = new mysqli("localhost", "student", "student", "studentdb");
 
  // Check for connection error and print message.
  if ($mysqli->connect_errno) {
    print $mysqli->connect_error."<br />";
    print "Connection not established ...<br />";
  }
  else {
 
    // Declare a static query.
    $query = "SELECT au.system_user_id, au.system_user_name FROM system_user au" ;
 
    // Loop through a result set until completed.  
    do {
 
      // Attempt query and exit with failure before processing.
      if (!$stmt = $mysqli->query($query)) {
 
        // Print failure to resolve query message.
        print $mysqli->error."<br />";
        print "Failed to resolve query ...<br />";
      }     
      else {
 
        // Print the opening HTML table tag.
        print '<table><tr><th class="ID">ID</th><th class="Label">User Role Name</th></tr>';
 
        // Fetch a row for processing.
        while( $row = $stmt->fetch_row() ) {
 
          // Print the opening HTML row tag.
          print "<tr>";
 
          // Loop through the row's columns.
          for ($i = 0;$i < $mysqli->field_count;$i++) {
            // Handle column one differently.
            if ($i == 0)
              print '<td class="ID">'.$row[$i]."</td>";
            else
              print '<td class="Label">'.$row[$i]."</td>";
          }
          // Print the closing HTML row tag.
          print "</tr>"; 
        }
      }
    } while( $mysqli->next_result());
 
  // Print the closing HTML table tag.
  print "</table>"; 
 
  // Release connection resource.
  $mysqli->close(); }
?>
</script>
</body>
</html>

This should display the following in the browser:

FedoraConfigMySQLPHP

You can see how to open port 80 for the Apache server in this blog post. If you want to work with blob data types, you’ll also need to use yum to install the php-gd library. You can read my LAMP php-gd library blog post to learn how to install the libraries. As always, I hope a step-by-step approach without assumptions helps those learning MySQL.

Written by maclochlainn

March 28th, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Popular PHP Frameworks

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My students often ask me about popular PHP frameworks and MySQL approaches. I wish a PHP framework choice was as clear as a JavaScript framework, like AngularJS. Unfortunately, PHP frameworks aren’t that clear cut.

It seems that the most popular PHP frameworks are: Laravel (1st), Phalcon (2nd), and Symphony2 (3rd). I found the following graphic (from December 2013) that highlights popularity by percentage of the market (though I can’t guarantee its accuracy). As far as jobs go, on Dice.com only Laravel had more than 3 positions referring to the framework by name. There were actually 42 PHP developer positions that mention Laravel out of 2,115 PHP developer positions. So, it seems learning a specific framework for PHP doesn’t yet have much market appeal.

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While learning the basics of PHP are generic, frameworks expedite process and control pattern implementation. My suggestion to students is to target three to five employers that use a specific framework and start learning how to use the framework. I’d like to get opinions from those in the field whether this is the best advice.

As to MySQL, I suggest they learn native Mysqli and MySQL PDO. Any other suggestions on that from readers? Thanks as always.

Written by maclochlainn

December 23rd, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Deprecated mysqli Functions

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PHPDeprecation5_4

Having noticed the release of PHP 5.5.10 last week while I was speaking at UTOUG, I checked the deprecated mysqli functions web page. There weren’t any deprecated by 5.5. Unfortuantely, there were six mysqli functions deprecated in 5.3 and removed in 5.4. Unfortunately, many of my posted code examples use 5.2 or 5.3 where they would have worked. The deprecated mysqli functions are:

  • mysqli_bind_param
  • mysqli_bind_result
  • mysqli_client_encoding
  • mysqli_fetch
  • mysqli_param_count
  • mysqli_send_long_data

Unfortunately, that puts a lot of updates on my queue of things to do. I imagine it likewise imposes limits on those running commercially on PHP 5.3 or older that plan an upgrade.

It does remind me that I need to pay close attention to the deprecation of mysqli functions with each release. These are actually the largest change since PHP 5.0.

Written by maclochlainn

March 18th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Posted in MySQL,mysqli,PHP

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