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The mbstring PHP extension and phpMyAdmin error issue

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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  • Ess October 6, 2006, 5:16 pm

    very helpful..and straight forward. thanks a lot

  • Tony Clink September 12, 2007, 7:56 am

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

  • Mawada March 29, 2008, 6:57 am

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

    Can you please explain more

  • Stu April 30, 2008, 4:38 pm

    Thanks! Works perfect

  • some.dude May 27, 2008, 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 ;-)

  • ilocruz August 18, 2008, 9:39 pm

    Great Hint! You are A Godsend!

  • naresh maharaj January 1, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Excellent and worked well.

  • Kryten February 6, 2009, 9:13 am

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

  • Raj June 2, 2009, 7:53 pm

    Thanks Man!

    Sometimes we forget the very basic thing.

    Thanks -:)

  • Oliver October 28, 2009, 1:19 pm

    Thankx Man, perfect help…

  • steve December 27, 2009, 8:51 pm

    it’s the same in the new centos 5.3


  • Pablo January 19, 2010, 11:00 pm

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

  • steven March 4, 2010, 9:24 pm

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

  • ungrep April 11, 2010, 11:31 am

    it`s working) the simplest way) thanks

  • oli January 3, 2011, 8:20 pm

    thanks man, it worked like a charm!

  • Jan February 25, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Great! just what i was searching!

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