This looks very interesting… should be helpful in getting me more acquainted with perl. To install on Lenny, I first installed php5-dev, but unfortunately that still didn’t do it. Looks like this module needs the –embed option set in the php interpreter to be used. Going to have to hold of on this to install it on a testing environment rather than a development machine.

Now I’m trying to get PHP installed in such a way I can use it… I tried getting the perl makefile to use the php headers installed by debian, but it wants to look in /usr/local/*. Hmmm.

UPDATE: I was able to get this going. :-)

  • php-5.2.6* ./configure –enable-embed=shared –enable-maintainer-zts
  • make
  • make install

That put the new php into /usr/local. Then I installed PHP::Interpreter manually after trying to get it via CPAN, which didn’t happen. When I tried to use it, I got complaints about Exporter, so I added that as a use include, and it worked! Getting it to work with mod_perl and even as a regular cgi-bin file was challenging, but I got it to go:


use Exporter;
use PHP::Interpreter;
print "Content-Type: text/html\
my $php = PHP::Interpreter->new();
my $old_hander = $php->set_output_handler(\
my $output = $php->eval(q^ phpinfo(); ^);
my $outbuf = $php->get_output;
print $outbuf;


sub handler {
  my $r = shift;
  my $php = PHP::Interpreter->new();
  my $scalar;
  my $old_hander = $php->set_output_handler(\
  my $output = $php->eval(q^ phpinfo(); ^);
  my $outbuf = $php->get_output;
  return Apache2::Const::OK;

Why bother doing this? The novelty of it is pretty good by itself!

Next up, a more challenging configuration setup:

    --enable-embed=shared \
    --enable-maintainer-zts \
    --disable-rpath \
    --disable-static \
    --with-pic \
    --with-pear=/usr/share/php \
    --enable-calendar \
    --enable-sysvsem \
    --enable-sysvshm \
    --enable-sysvmsg \
    --enable-bcmath \
    --with-bz2 \
    --enable-ctype \
    --without-gdbm \
    --with-iconv \
    --enable-ftp \
    --with-gettext \
    --enable-mbstring \
    --enable-shmop \
    --enable-sockets \
    --enable-wddx \
    --with-libxml-dir=/usr \
    --with-xsl=/usr \
    --with-zlib \
    --with-openssl=/usr \

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