The mbstring PHP extension and phpMyAdmin error issue

last updated in Categories Apache, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Troubleshooting

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.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.


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  1. 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 😉

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