After upgrading to PHP 5.4.3 (which is the first version of PHP 5.4 available in the FreeBSD port), I found that the pecl-tokyo_tyrant could not be compiled. Here is the error messages:

cd /usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant
sudo make
===>  pecl-tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0 cannot install: doesn't work with PHP version : 5 (Doesn't support PHP 5).
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant.
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:1827: error: expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before 'php_tokyo_tyrant_class_methods'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:1867: error: expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before 'php_tokyo_tyrant_table_class_methods'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:1911: error: expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before 'php_tokyo_tyrant_query_class_methods'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:1936: error: expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before 'php_tokyo_tyrant_iterator_class_methods'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c: In function 'php_tokyo_tyrant_query_object_new':
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2001: error: 'zend_class_entry' has no member named 'default_properties'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c: In function 'php_tokyo_tyrant_iterator_object_new':
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2052: error: 'zend_class_entry' has no member named 'default_properties'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c: In function 'php_tokyo_tyrant_object_new_ex':
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2090: error: 'zend_class_entry' has no member named 'default_properties'
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c: In function 'zm_startup_tokyo_tyrant':
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2166: error: 'php_tokyo_tyrant_class_methods' undeclared (first use in this function)
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2166: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2166: error: for each function it appears in.)
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2171: error: 'php_tokyo_tyrant_table_class_methods' undeclared (first use in this function)
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2176: error: 'php_tokyo_tyrant_query_class_methods' undeclared (first use in this function)
/usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0/tokyo_tyrant.c:2182: error: 'php_tokyo_tyrant_iterator_class_methods' undeclared (first use in this function)
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/work/tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0.
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant.

Basically, it means that the pecl-tokyo_tyrant is not happy with the new version of PHP 5.4. I’ve tried several methods, including using pkg_add, compiling from source, copying a working etc, unfortunately none of these methods works.

Finally, I found that the maintainer of this package has made a new version available(0.6.2) at github. Here is how I did it:

First, go to here to grab the source code. Make sure that you download the tag.gz version because it has the file attribute available.

Second, let’s remove the pecl-tokyo_tyrant from your system. You can either do it in the port or pkg_delete:

From port:

cd /usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant
sudo make deinstall

Or using pkg_delete:

sudo pkg_delete pecl-tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0

Now, extract the files and compile it from source:

tar -zxvf mkoppanen-php-tokyo_tyrant-0.6.0-2-gb0d7e0c.tar.gz
cd mkoppanen-php-tokyo_tyrant-b0d7e0c
sudo phpize
sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install

and don’t forget to include the .so file in your configuration:

sudo nano /usr/local/etc/php/extensions.ini

Add the following (if not available) to the end of the file:

Finally, let’s restart the Apache:

sudo apachectl stop
sudo apachectl start

That’s it! Have fun with Tokyo Tyrant with PHP 5.4.


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When PHP 5.4 was available few months ago, I was hesitated to upgrade my FreeBSD box to upgrade to 5.4, because it comes with lots of big changes, including removing LOTS of old stuffs that were available in 5.3 or earlier versions.

Today PHP 5.4.3 becomes available in FreeBSD ports. I guess it is stable enough and I should give it a try, and I am glad that I tried it in my test machine first.

Warning: Before you upgrade to PHP 5.4, make sure that you are not using any of the following packages, because they are not compatible with the PHP 5.4. Unfortunately, I don’t have a solution yet. Basically, I could not get them compiled.

  • eAccelerator: /usr/ports/www/eaccelerator/
  • PECL-TokyoTyrant: /usr/ports/databases/pecl-tokyo_tyrant/ (Updated: I just came up a solution here)

When I performed the upgrade using the following command:

sudo portsnap fetch update
sudo portmaster -Da

I got the following error message:

===>>> The databases/php5-sqlite port has been deleted: Removed from core php
===>>> Aborting update

The reason why you see this problem because php5-sqlite is no longer available in PHP 5.4. In order to solve this problem, you will need to delete the php5-sqlite extension.

cd /usr/ports/lang/php5-extensions
sudo make config

Uncheck the following: sqlite3 support

Now, deinstall this port. Yes, let’s remove it and install it again. (I’ve tried the reinstall option and it didn’t work, so let’s stick with deinstall and install.

sudo make deinstall clean install clean

Now let’s find out which php-SQLite we should delete:

pkg_info | grep php5-sqlite

In my case, I deleted this one:

sudo pkg_delete php5-sqlite-5.3.13

Now upgrade the port again and FreeBSD should be happy about it. Enjoy PHP 5.4.


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A user complained to me that my PHP web applications stopped working today. After I digged into the error log, I found that following message:

PHP Fatal error:  Allowed memory size of 262144 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 261900 bytes) in Unknown on line 0

Obviously, this is related to the memory error. Therefore I tried to increase the limit of memory_limit in php.ini. Since I have 8G of memory in my box, I think it is okay to set the memory limit of PHP to 4GB.

;memory_limit = 128M
memory_limit = 4096M

When I restart the Apache/PHP, I found another nightmare. My web application stopped working! When the user tries to access http://mywebsite/index.php, instead of rendering the code, the browser kept prompting the user to download the file.

After scratching my head for a while, I found that I missed something, which is very very important. I was running XAMPP (32-bit) on a Fedora 64-bit machine. See the problem? Since XAMPP is running in 32-bit, it does not understand what is 4096 MB. (If you install 4GB of memory in any Windows 32-bit machine, you will notice that Windows can only allocate 3GB of them, and the 1GB left memory is sitting inside your computer and doing nothing…) Therefore, I decrease the memory_limit to 2048MB, and that solved the problem.

Time to move away from XAMPP.


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