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How to compile PHP with GDlib

dprasad asked
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Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I need to compile PHP with GDlib, what are the command line swtiches to do that? I installed GDlib independently of PHP but php won't recognize it that way.
Can't find any docs. Thanks

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you need to build GD with following configure options:
(which requires that freetype, pegsrc and libpng are installed)

then PHP's configure options (beside others) are:
         --with-freetype-dir=$PREFIX \
         --with-jpeg-dir=$PREFIX \
         --with-tiff-dir=$PREFIX \
         --with-gd=$PREFIX \
         --with-png-dir=$PREFIX \
         --with-ttf=$PREFIX \
         --enable-gd-native-ttf \

(where $PREFIX is the path to your installation directory)


great, I'm at work right now will try that out. 2 questions

I'm on php 4.4, shouldn't this have GDlib as part of the standard dist?

I've been installing php like this, add those swtiches after 'make install clean' ?

# cd /usr/ports/www/mod_php4
# make install clean
# cd /usr/ports/lang/php4-extensions
# make install clean
> shouldn't this have GDlib as part of the standard
AFAIK GD is not mandatory

> I've been installing php like this ..
sorry, I don't have experiance with FreeBSD's ports, just know how to use configure on Unix/Linux systems, but IIRC you can do that with ports too

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It should not be part of standard php, as there is no standard, and those serving static images, like most websites around rarely need that.

cd /usr/ports/graphics/php4-gd
make install clean


hey gheist, I installed php4-gd but unfortunately my php script won't recognize it


can you tell me how to compile it with the options ahoffmann mentioned? thanks

Top Expert 2015

less /var/sb/pkg/php5-gd/+DISPLAY
Top Expert 2015

The following line has been added to your /usr/local/etc/php/extensions.ini
configuration file to automatically load the installed extension:


make sure that line is in file
then run apachectl stop ; apachectl start


I can't get that less command to work, it just says no file or directory. and yes, that extension=gd.so is there.

I installed php5-gd, then the optimizer..but now when I run the script to check for the zend optimizer being installed (which i need) is mysteriously says the zend optimizer isn't installed! grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

here's my phpinfo()

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PHP License

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the PHP License as published by the PHP Group and included in the distribution in the file: LICENSE

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

If you did not receive a copy of the PHP license, or have any questions about PHP licensing, please contact license@php.net.

Top Expert 2015
try "pkg_delete php\*" and reinstall php and extensions. I never had php on workstation ,and php5-cli installed just fine and catches up with php5-gd and eaccelerator (sorry - amd64, no zend here) .

Better before installing php tru updating sources as seen in cvsup section of www.freebsd.org/handbook
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