FreeBSD: Upgrade PHP4 To PHP5

by on April 2, 2009 · 7 comments· LAST UPDATED April 2, 2009

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How do I update PHP4 to PHP5 under FreeBSD operating systems?

You can easily specify a port to upgrade using the -o option for both portupgrade and portmaster command. To replace the installed port with a port from a different origin use the syntax as follows:

FreeBSD update php syntax

portupgrade -o {new/port} {old-port}
portmaster -o {new port dir in /usr/ports} {installed port}

WARNING! Backup your data and php / apache configuration before attempting the following commands.

Find out PHP4 version

First, find out php4 version (this is important as you need provide exact version number):
# pkg_info | grep php4
Sample output:

php4-4.4.9          PHP Scripting Language (Apache Module and CLI)

How To Upgrade PHP4 To PHP5

To replace / upgrade php4 with php5 using portmaster command, enter:
# portmaster -o /usr/ports/lang/php5 php4-4.4.9 to upgrade php5
To replace / upgrade php4 with php5 using portupgrade command, enter:
# portupgrade -o lang/php5 php4
Sample output:

** Detected a package name change: php4 (lang/php4) -> 'php5' (lang/php5)
--->  Upgrading 'php4-4.4.9' to 'php5-5.2.9' (lang/php5)
--->  Building '/usr/ports/lang/php5'
===>  Cleaning for php5-5.2.9
===>  Found saved configuration for php5-5.2.8
===>  Extracting for php5-5.2.9
=> MD5 Checksum OK for php-5.2.9.tar.bz2.
=> SHA256 Checksum OK for php-5.2.9.tar.bz2.
=> MD5 Checksum OK for suhosin-patch-5.2.9-0.9.7.patch.gz.
=> SHA256 Checksum OK for suhosin-patch-5.2.9-0.9.7.patch.gz.
      This port has installed the following files which may act as network
      servers and may therefore pose a remote security risk to the system.
      If there are vulnerabilities in these programs there may be a security
      risk to the system. FreeBSD makes no guarantee about the security of
      ports included in the Ports Collection. Please type 'make deinstall'
      to deinstall the port if this is a concern.
      For more information, and contact details about the security
      status of this software, see the following webpage:
===>  Cleaning for php5-5.2.9
--->  Cleaning out obsolete shared libraries
[Updating the pkgdb  in /var/db/pkg ... - 249 packages found (-0 +1) . done]

Once done, you need to upgrade and set new php configuration files which is located at /usr/local/etc/php.ini and /usr/local/etc/php/.

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1 Cagri Ersen April 3, 2009 at 3:40 am


There is one more step to upgrade if php4-extension already installed:

portmaster -o /usr/ports/lang/php5-extensions php4-extensions-1.0


2 nixCraft April 3, 2009 at 7:14 am

Oh, yes. You need to upgrade all those extension via meta package too.


3 0x3 April 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Vivek
What about CentOS5.2 ?



4 nixCraft April 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

CentOS 5.x comes with PHP5 only. So there is no need to perform upgrade…


5 0x3 April 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

ohhh sorry ….


6 Dillip Dhala June 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I am using Linux 2.6.9, PHP 5.1.4 with oci8 (oracle
On command prompt I can run the name.php file, I am also connected to oracle database, get the output. But the same output is not showing in my browser.

In error log i found : [client] PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function: oci_connect() in /var/www/html/dotsoft/javapr/test5.php on line 6

Can you help me



7 HerocampHost July 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

its mean the oracle module not loaded, check the installation log


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