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Why do we need to upgrade PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.2?

Rest in peace PHP 5.6

  • The current version of PHP which is 5.6 has reached the end of life on 19th Jan 2017. PHP team has stopped support for 5.6, and no more new features added.
  • Security support for 5.6 is up to Jan 2019. On Jan 2019 PHP 5.6 officially dead.
  • The newer version of Linux and server software has already stopped supporting PHP 5.6 which creates a huge security risk.
  • Updating old server will be hard as it may break the PHP due to compatibility issues.
  • All major PHP libraries and frameworks will drop support for PHP 5.6
  • 7.2 end of life is in Jan 2021
  • 7.2 is so much faster than 5.6
  • 7.X has new Zend Engine
  • Reduction in the memory usage
  • Consistent 64bit support
  • Better Error handling
  • More secure & better handling with SSL and cryptography

Install PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 16.04

To Install PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu just follow the command one by one bellow.

 

Symfony: Adding custom route by code during runtime

During development we always come across situation where you need to add custom routes based on some settings based from the user. In this case we cannot use any of the standard methods like annotation and configuration files in symfony.

In this case you need to use a services and hooks to inject your custom route rules during runtime.

1) In your bundles under Resources\Config\services.yml add the following

2) Now we need to create a class RoutingService.php

3) Now in your main routing.yml please include these lines

4) Once you are done please make sure you clear cache both env

5) Now the custom route should be loaded in.. Please make sure if you add more routes make sure the cache is cleared.

WHM / cPanel – Compile PHP 5.3 to work with PHP 5.2

This is one of major issue lot of web masters face now. As PHP 5.2 has reached end of life we are forced to seek options to migrate and test PHP applications in PHP 5.2 and 5.3. Raj COO from WebHostRepo.com has posted a nice blog post on how to achieve this.

Running PHP 5.3 along with PHP 5.2.x in cPanel servers.webhostrepo

I did all the steps as mentioned on the blog post except for one, I had a lengthier configure statement 😉

Install ZendGuardLoader

Edit /usr/local/php53/lib/php.ini and add these lines to end

Happy migration 😉

Compile PHP 5.3.19 on CentOS 6.3 with Curl 7.28

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For this installation I choose CentOS 6.3 minimal version. You can download the ISO from the mirrors or direct download it from SYNc yourself. Once the CentOS installation is completed make sure you are connected to Internet to update the latest libraries.

 

Note: These steps are done assuming you are logged in as root user

1. Please update the available updates for the OS and restart

2. Install EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) so that you can get all the needed libraries for compiling PHP

3. Install Development Tools – Detailed User Guide

4. Install MySQL Database client

5. Install the following libraries which are required for different modules in PHP. Please make sure all the dependencies are met before installation

6. For this installation I planned to use the latest version of curl so I had to my custom curl compilation

7. Download and compile PHP 5.3.19

8. Copy php.ini

9. Edit Apache conf check if “LoadModule” is present else add it.

LoadModule php5_module /usr/lib64/httpd/modules/libphp5.so

10. Set handler for Apache to handle PHP files

11. If you are not planning to install ZendGuardLoader skip to step 13 else make sure you have disabled SElinux. Detailed instructions

12. Install ZendGuardLoader

Edit /usr/local/php-5.3.19/lib/php.ini and add these lines to end

13. Restart you apache and you are set

It took a great deal of time to make this work and with lot of trial and errors. If anyone finds a better way to compile please do share it with me. All the best 😉

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