Install PECL Extensions in OpenVZ Debian Appliances

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Installing PECL extensions in Debian

The Debian OpenVZ Templates for standard applications do not have the development libraries installed mainly for security and secondary for distribution file size reasons.

Install Pre-requisites

apt-get install make
apt-get install php5-dev
apt-get install php-pear

phpize will get installed

PECL Syntax

Syntax for PECL Extension Installs

pecl install extname-ver

PECL Extension Install Example

pecl install uploadprogress-1.0.1

Will return:

update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/php-config5 to provide /usr/bin/php-config (php-config) in auto mode.
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/phpize5 to provide /usr/bin/phpize (phpize) in auto mode.

Enable the PECL Extension in PHP5

Create the file /etc/php5/conf.d/uploadprogress.ini using

nano /etc/php5/conf.d/uploadprogress.ini

with the following contents

; configuration for php Upload Progress module

Activate the Extension

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Clean up

apt-get remove php5-dev
apt-get autoremove


Create a phpinfo.php file in the webroot with the following contents:
<? echo phpinfo(); ?>
and browse it. You should get the following as a part of the the browser output: