PHP is a server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language that may be used to create dynamic Web pages. It is available for most operating systems and Web servers, and can access most common databases, including MySQL. PHP may be run as a separate program or compiled as a module for use with the Apache Web server.

PHP actually provides two different MySQL API extensions:

If you're experiencing problems with enabling both the mysql and the mysqli extension when building PHP on Linux yourself, see Section 22.3.2, “Enabling Both mysql and mysqli in PHP”.

The PHP distribution and documentation are available from the PHP Web site. MySQL provides the mysql and mysqli extensions for the Windows operating system for MySQL versions as of 5.0.18 on http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/php/. You can find information why you should preferably use the extensions provided by MySQL on that page.

22.3.1. Common Problems with MySQL and PHP

  • Error: Maximum Execution Time Exceeded: This is a PHP limit; go into the php.ini file and set the maximum execution time up from 30 seconds to something higher, as needed. It is also not a bad idea to double the RAM allowed per script to 16MB instead of 8MB.

  • Fatal error: Call to unsupported or undefined function mysql_connect() in ...: This means that your PHP version isn't compiled with MySQL support. You can either compile a dynamic MySQL module and load it into PHP or recompile PHP with built-in MySQL support. This process is described in detail in the PHP manual.

  • Error: Undefined reference to 'uncompress': This means that the client library is compiled with support for a compressed client/server protocol. The fix is to add -lz last when linking with -lmysqlclient.

  • Error: Client does not support authentication protocol: This is most often encountered when trying to use the older mysql extension with MySQL 4.1.1 and later. Possible solutions are: downgrade to MySQL 4.0; switch to PHP 5 and the newer mysqli extension; or configure the MySQL server with --old-passwords. (See Section A.2.3, “Client does not support authentication protocol, for more information.)

Those with PHP4 legacy code can make use of a compatibility layer for the old and new MySQL libraries, such as this one: http://www.coggeshall.org/oss/mysql2i.

22.3.2. Enabling Both mysql and mysqli in PHP

If you're experiencing problems with enabling both the mysql and the mysqli extension when building PHP on Linux yourself, you should try the following procedure.

  1. Configure PHP like this:

    ./configure --with-mysqli=/usr/bin/mysql_config --with-mysql=/usr  

  2. Edit the Makefile and search for a line that starts with EXTRA_LIBS. It might look like this (all on one line):

    EXTRA_LIBS = -lcrypt -lcrypt -lmysqlclient -lz -lresolv -lm -ldl -lnsl
    -lxml2 -lz -lm -lxml2 -lz -lm -lmysqlclient -lz -lcrypt -lnsl -lm
    -lxml2 -lz -lm -lcrypt -lxml2 -lz -lm -lcrypt

    Remove all duplicates, so that the line looks like this (all on one line):

    EXTRA_LIBS = -lcrypt -lcrypt -lmysqlclient -lz -lresolv -lm -ldl -lnsl

  3. Build and install PHP:

    make install