The mbstring PHP extension and phpMyAdmin error issue

by on July 27, 2006 · 16 comments· LAST UPDATED July 26, 2006

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Recently I had configured Web server with PHP under Fedora core. Everything was working fine except the installation of phpMyAdmin, reported an error as follows:

The mbstring PHP extension was not found and you seem to be using a multibyte charset. Without the mbstring extension phpMyAdmin is unable to split strings correctly and it may result in unexpected results.

Following command helped me to find out the exact package name:

# yum search mbstring

Following command installed the package php-mbstring.i386 for fedora core 4:

# yum install php-mbstring.i386

Do not forget to restart web server.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ess October 6, 2006 at 5:16 pm

very helpful..and straight forward. thanks a lot


2 Tony Clink September 12, 2007 at 7:56 am

You are a smart guy… Thank you for helping me fix this issue.


3 Mawada March 29, 2008 at 6:57 am

Hi…I am having this problem but I did not understand whrere this command goes..?!!

Can you please explain more


4 Stu April 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Thanks! Works perfect


5 some.dude May 27, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Thanks!!! Came up pretty high on google once you subtract “-windows” & “-dll”. I hate when those windows guys muck up my apache/mysql/php searches ;-)


6 ilocruz August 18, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Great Hint! You are A Godsend!


7 naresh maharaj January 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Excellent and worked well.


8 Kryten February 6, 2009 at 9:13 am

Such a simple solution, yum is a godsend!!!


9 Raj June 2, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Man!

Sometimes we forget the very basic thing.

Thanks -:)


10 Oliver October 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Thankx Man, perfect help…


11 steve December 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

it’s the same in the new centos 5.3



12 Pablo January 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

THE BEST SOLUTIONNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sos groso.


13 steven March 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Seemed too simple but it didn’t work for me.


14 ungrep April 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

it`s working) the simplest way) thanks


15 oli January 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

thanks man, it worked like a charm!


16 Jan February 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Great! just what i was searching!


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