Using multiple php inside one Ubuntu machine

programmer plus gamerAnother challenge came. One of our application finally updated. The application development use php 5.3 + and already pass with php 5.5+ version. Time for migration schedule and the requirement is obvious : the machine able to run 2 different php (php 5.2.17 is a must and other php version is at least 5.3+). The machine I use is Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit ( I prefer to use old supported version due to lower memory consumption than 14.04).

Quick google give me reference to phpfarm and other resources. As I said in previous post, php 5.2.17 successfully installed after applied a patch (installed on Ubuntu 14.04). For reference purpose I share my experience here. Target php extensions are standard like support for mysql, pdo and gd extension.

Note : if you want to to try / apply it using vps then You’ll need memory minimal 1GB. My box show this memory utilization (32 bit). Click here for hourly cheap vps.

# free -m
total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           873        786         87          0         78        569
-/+ buffers/cache:        138        734
Swap:          890          0        890

Disable php5 module (optional)

In case you already install php5 as apache module you must disable it first.

#a2dismod php5

Fixing locale

Locale error are pop up everywhere first time I install. I need to get rid from this error.

# locale

locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory

# nano /etc/environment

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Compile PHP 5.2.17 using phpfarm

In general phpfarm is working well in case you need multiple php environment in single machine. Special case is for PHP 5.2.17 (latest version of 5.2 generation), I got this error when compile :

opt/phpfarm/src/php-5.2.17/ext/dom/node.c: In function ‘zim_domnode_getNodePath’:
/opt/phpfarm/src/php-5.2.17/ext/dom/node.c:2002:8: warning: pointer targets in assignment differ in signedness [-Wpointer-sign]
value = xmlGetNodePath(nodep);
make: *** [ext/dom/node.lo] Error 1
make failed.

Google suggest me for apply patch.

php programmer

$cd php-5.2.17

$sudo curl -o php-5.2.17.patch
% Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  1817  100  1817    0     0    722      0  0:00:02  0:00:02 –:–:–   722

run the patch ::

$sudo patch -p0 -b < php-5.2.17.patch

patching file ext/dom/node.c
Hunk #1 succeeded at 1950 (offset 55 lines).
patching file ext/dom/documenttype.c
Hunk #1 succeeded at 215 (offset 10 lines).
patching file ext/simplexml/simplexml.c
Hunk #1 succeeded at 1343 (offset -74 lines).

$cd ..

$ sudo ./ 5.2.17

and finally get this :

Build complete.
Don’t forget to run ‘make test’.

Installing PHP SAPI module:       cgi
Installing PHP CGI binary: /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/bin/
Installing PHP CLI binary:        /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/bin/
Installing PHP CLI man page:      /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/man/man1/
Installing build environment:     /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/lib/php/build/
Installing header files:          /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/include/php/
Installing helper programs:       /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/bin/
program: phpize
program: php-config
Installing man pages:             /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/man/man1/
page: phpize.1
page: php-config.1
Installing PDO headers:          /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/include/php/ext/pdo/


check version now ::

$ /opt/phpfarm/inst/php-5.2.17/bin/php -v

PHP 5.2.17 (cli) (built: Sep 24 2014 16:53:53) (DEBUG)
Copyright (c) 1997-2010 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2010 Zend Technologies

Archive patch for backup (php5.2.17.patch.txt)

Quick DNS Server for Centos 5.10

dns settingI used to use Bind as dns server. The server itself is not for complex task such master or slave dns server. Only for authoritative and local dns cache (optional). As I love copy and paste I often post my experience here at least for my future reference in case I have problem.

Today, my copy and paste method in Centos server (running 5.10) not work anymore. Googling around don’t help either. So I choose other dns software that work for my case. Tinydns is my other choice but I think its time to try something new and I found marands.

Installation process is straightforward and working well, here’s the steps :


# yum install gcc

# gcc -v
Using built-in specs.
Target: x86_64-redhat-linux
Configured with: ../configure –prefix=/usr –mandir=/usr/share/man –infodir=/usr/share/info –enable-shared –enable-threads=posix –enable-checking=release –with-system-zlib –enable-__cxa_atexit –disable-libunwind-exceptions –enable-libgcj-multifile –enable-languages=c,c++,objc,obj-c++,java,fortran,ada –enable-java-awt=gtk –disable-dssi –disable-plugin –with-java-home=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.4.2-gcj- –with-cpu=generic –host=x86_64-redhat-linux
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-54)

Downloaad latest marands (at the time of writing its 2.0.09)

# wget -c

# tar xvjf maradns-2.0.09.tar.bz2

# cd maradns-2.0.09
# make
# make install
VERSION=2.0.09 ./build/
Installing MaraDNS, placing programs in /usr/local//bin/ and /usr/local//sbin/,
man pages in /usr/local//share/man/man1, /usr/local//share/man/man5,
and /usr/local//share/man/man8, and documents in /usr/local//doc/maradns-2.0.09
Adding MaraDNS startup scripts
Starting up MaraDNS at runlevel 3
starting up MaraDNS at runlevel 5

# service maradns start

# chkconfig maradns on

Edit mararc to change bind address, I use as lan address.

# nano /etc/mararc
looking for ipv4_bind_address line and change it into :

ipv4_bind_addresses = “,”


Edit content of zone (

# nano /etc/maradns/

Use this lines :      +14400    soa [email protected] 2012010117 14400 3600 604800 14400 ~      +14400    ns ~      +14400    ns ~  +14400    a ~  +14400    a ~      +14400    a ~  +14400    a ~      +14400    mx     10 ~ +14400    a ~


restart maradns service

# service maradns restart

dig test ::

Try query dns from other computer that exist on lan.

# dig @

; <<>> DiG 9.3.6-P1-RedHat-9.3.6-20.P1.el5_8.6 <<>> @
; (1 server found)
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 19886
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;        IN    A

;; ANSWER SECTION:    14400    IN    A

;; Query time: 0 msec
;; WHEN: Fri Sep 26 19:41:51 2014
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 53


The rest is change /etc/resolv.conf and add as nameserver.

In case of blocked port 53 :

# iptables -I INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
# service iptables save
# service iptables restart

How to install FTP Server (pureftp) on CentOS 5.10

Due to backup provider that we use is closing their service I decide to build simple ftp server for this purpose. The problem are I forgot which version of CentOS I use on the server and which ftp server that work well (easy to install).

Solution for 1st problem is using cat.

# cat /etc/redhat-release

CentOS release 5.10 (Final)

Solution for 2nd problem is pureftp.

# yum install pure-ftpd

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base:
* extras:
* updates:
base                                                                                                                                             | 1.1 kB     00:00
extras                                                                                                                                           | 2.1 kB     00:00
updates                                                                                                                                          | 1.9 kB     00:00
utter-ramblings                                                                                                                                  | 2.3 kB     00:00
Setting up Install Process
No package pure-ftpd available.
Nothing to do

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How to install Gammu on Lubuntu 14.04

linux insideMy friend bought Wavecom 1306B gsm modem for his campus last task. He use Windows XP and trying to use the modem without success. He try it on his friend laptop that run Windows 7 also not work and he ask me to try it. Just to test the modem. If its not work might then He will return it to the seller.

I use Lubuntu 14.04 but I think the instruction would be same for Ubuntu 14.04 variant :

Install Gammu

# apt-get install gammu
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
libgammu-i18n libgammu7
Suggested packages:
wammu gammu-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
gammu libgammu-i18n libgammu7
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 128 not upgraded.
Need to get 1.051 kB of archives.
After this operation, 3.161 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

Preparing to unpack …/libgammu7_1.33.0-3_i386.deb …
Unpacking libgammu7 (1.33.0-3) …
Selecting previously unselected package gammu.
Preparing to unpack …/gammu_1.33.0-3_i386.deb …
Unpacking gammu (1.33.0-3) …
Selecting previously unselected package libgammu-i18n.
Preparing to unpack …/libgammu-i18n_1.33.0-3_all.deb …
Unpacking libgammu-i18n (1.33.0-3) …
Processing triggers for man-db ( …
Setting up libgammu7 (1.33.0-3) …
Setting up gammu (1.33.0-3) …
Setting up libgammu-i18n (1.33.0-3) …
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.19-0ubuntu6) …
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