I had recently purchased a small computer to act as my development server but I also wanted it to act as second desktop machines. I have plenty of experience using Debian as a server, but I decided to try the new distribution from Ubuntu.
The install was pretty easy including getting PHP 5.1.2, Apache 2, and MySQL 5 installed using the familiar apt-get command. (I wish they had included php 5.1.4, but this wasn’t a deal breaker)
I was dismayed to find that they didn’t have a package for PDO extension (PHP Database Objects). So I installed the PDO via the pecl command:
bhiv@devserver:~# pecl install pdo
It downloaded, phpized, configured, compiled and installed just fine. The only thing I had to do was add the line:
to the files:
(and restart apache)
But what good was the PDO without a driver for a database, in my case MySQL. So I tried:
bhiv@devserver:~# pecl install pdo_mysql
It downloaded, phpized, then failed on the configure command with the error:
You’ve configured extension pdo_mysql, which depends on extension pdo,
but you’ve either not enabled pdo, or have disabled it.
After trying a number of ways to force it to install, trying to foce the dotdeb distribution to install I found the simplest solution was to manually download the package with the following commands:
bhiv@devserver:~# wget http://pecl.php.net/get/PDO_MYSQL-1.0.2.tgz
bhiv@devserver:~# tar zxvf PDO_MYSQL-1.0.2.tgz
bhiv@devserver:~# cd PDO_MYSQL-1.0.2
bhiv@devserver:~# vi configure
comment out lines 4163-4173
bhiv@devserver:~# sudo make install
add the lines:
to the very bottom of the file.
bhiv@devserver:~# sudo vi /etc/php/apache2/php.ini
bhiv@devserver:~# sudo vi /etc/php/cli/php.ini
bhiv@devserver:~# sudo apache2ctl restart
Hopefully there will be a php-pdo package soon. But until then, this was the simplest way to get PDO installed on your new Ubuntu system.