PEAR? I think it would be better if someone did a "real" PHP module for ImageMagick, just like PerlMagick is for Perl. There is one at http://php.chregu.tv/imagick/, but it's far from complete. If someone would like to help him with the project then it would be great.
ImageMagick is so much easier to install than GD, and it's a lot better too. // Victor. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Weston Houghton" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 8:45 AM Subject: Re: [PHP] RANT: Why doesn't PHP have built-in support for dynamic image generation? > > Anybody interested in working on a PEAR module to interface PHP with > something like ImageMagick directly? I would love to see it. Maybe if I am > unemployed long enough soon I can work on it myself. Not that I really want > that to happen... > > I think that might be the best solution for PHP's lack of image > functionality though... > > Wes > > > > > Hi Erica, > > > > I feel your pain - I've been dealing with the same thing this week. I > > finally got the compile to complete and the system up and running, but it > > was painful. It seemed like everything was finished, but I've noticed high > > server loads (.8), trouble accessing web pages (I tested using wget and it > > had to try 6 times to get the page and kept reporting EOF in headers), and > > my MySQL server keeps reporting errors communicating with the web server, > > and dropped connections to the MySQL server. Safe to say, something didn't > > work and I need to start over and pray for the best. > > > > Have you gotten it to work properly? If so, what files did you use and > > what steps did you take in the install? > > > > -Ed > > > > > > At 11:24 PM 2/2/2002 -0800, Erica Douglass wrote: > >> Forgive my grumpiness, but I've spent the last several hours trying to > >> install GD, etc. > >> > >> Let's be honest. PHP needs built-in support for creating dynamic images. JSP > >> already has this. Heck, you could even make it a configure option. As it > >> stands now, you have to do the following: > >> > >> -- Install GD > >> -- Install all of GD's numerous dependencies > >> -- Install zlib > >> -- Install freetype > >> -- Install libttf > >> > >> THEN you have to compile PHP with all of the requisite options to enable GD > >> here and Freetype there, and PHP often won't compile without specifying > >> /path/to/various/options, so you have to dig around your system to find out > >> where everything was installed. This results in a long and unwieldy > >> configure statement which often does not work. > >> > >> PHP needs to have a simple configure option called --enable-dynamic-images > >> or something similar. This should use built-in libraries that are downloaded > >> with the PHP source to create PNG images. Images can then be created with > >> standard PHP functions. This would be much more useful than relying on > >> several third-party solutions which do not easily work with each other. This > >> would also have the benefit of being more portable -- as I plan to release > >> my code to several different people running different types of servers, I > >> would like to minimize compatibility issues. > >> > >> If anyone has a better solution, feel free to email me. As it stands, I am > >> very frustrated with this, and I haven't yet seen the light at the end of > >> the tunnel. > >> > >> Thanks, > >> Erica > >> > >> > >> > >> -- > >> PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) > >> To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php > > > > > -- > PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) > To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php > > -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php