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Jim Morrison wrote:

Hello all,

Hope this isn't an FAQ - have trawled google,, etc -
not sure I can find the answer..

I've been using php&mySql for a while now and getting on great - however
I'm now tasked with getting my php to talk to a _remote_ ( right next to
me but separate ) Oracle server...

I found on a thing called 'instantclient' - a couple of
.rpm's to install what is supposed to be a kinda plug-and-play Linux
Oracle client..

However, I can't seem to be able to compile PHP with Oracle support,
because I don't think instantclient has the required header files to
compile PHP/OCI8 .. Is that right?

The other solution I thought might be to use instantclient itself.. ..
It comes with a couple of .so's, so I've tried DynamicallyLoading them
at the top of a php page.. It seems to be loading the one I give it
( but then complains that it can't find ""
which I have, and is sitting right next to "" ..

( The error is :

Warning: dl(): Unable to load dynamic library
'/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/' - cannot
open shared object file: No such file or directory in /path/to/info.php
on line 2

.. And /usr/local/lib/php/extensions/ does exist )

Thought that maybe I've just got a path problem..??

Anyway - is the 'ONLY' solution to getting PHP to connect remotely to an
Oracle server to download 1.5Gb's of Oracle CD's?

Has anyone had any experience getting instantclient/php to work? Is
there any way I can get the headers I need to compile --with-oci8
without the 1.5Gb download??

The download of the traditional Client Release is under 400M.

Am I missing something blatantly obvious?

Any advice/points-in-the-right-direction would be much appreciated,

Thanks, Jimbo

What exactly have you configured? Do you have LD_LIBRARY_PATH set?

I'm using Instant Client with PHP on Linux and a pre-release Instant
Client on Windows.  I'm starting to put together some notes for

Instant Client doesn't yet come with headers for compiling (the
statement I've read is that an SDK is "under investigation").  To get
the headers I chose the Administrator install option in the "Oracle
Database 10g Client Release 1 ( for Linux x86" release.  I
compiled PHP with this first.

I then reran the same installer and chose the Instant Client option.
This installed into non-system directories (unlike the Instant Client
RPM from OTN).  I configured PHP to use Instant Client by setting
LD_LIBRARY_PATH to the new library directory, and unsetting
ORACLE_HOME before starting Apache.

For PHP you only need, and
from the Instant Client package.  If re-compiling won't be needed, you
can copy these libs to a directory of your choice and deinstall Oracle
to save disk space.

On Windows you can drop Instant Client straight onto the prebuilt PHP


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