# php.ini set up problem

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Hi,

I am very new to PHP I am having php.ini problems. I am working in XP
with IIS and have php installed as an ISAPI. I am trying to change
values in my php environment like 'upload_tmp_dir',
'upload_max_filesize'. I have scanned my computer and the only php.ini
file on the machine is in C:\Program Files\PHP. If I change entries in
that php.ini file and run phpinfo() it appears that the values are not
getting updated. This is still true after I start and stop the IIS server.

Also the phpinfo() reports my path to the php.ini file is c:\windows,
but there is no php.ini file in that directory. If I copy the php.ini
file to c:\windows and restart the server, then php breaks. I can not
run even simple scripts like phpinfo() or echoing. However if I just
change the name of the file to something like xphp.ini then php will
start working again.

Q1: where does php get its initial ini data if not from php.ini

Q2: why does php break when I copy the php.ini file to the directory
requested in its path.

Thanks
Mike

## Re: php.ini set up problem

mike wrote:

Still trying, Mike?

As I told you before - PHP has default values it uses if it can't find a
php.ini file.  The easiest way for right now is to place a php.ini file
with the values you want in your c:\windows directory, then restart IIS.

If you're not going to follow suggestions, why do you even ask?

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mike wrote:

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## Re: php.ini set up problem

Hi,

It does sound like the installation was corrupted somehow. Are you

Regards,

John Peters

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petersprc wrote:

Hi John,

Thanks, thats the site where I got the original binaries from,
"php-5.2.5-win32-installer.msi". The install went fairly smoothly.
I could try to reinstall. Are you using php on a windows system?
If so did you place the php.ini file in the c:\windows directory?

Thanks
Mike

## Re: php.ini set up problem

wrote:

My ini file is:
C:\Program Files\PHP\php.ini

During various installs on XP the ini file has alwasy ended up in the php
drectory.

There is also an entry in my httpd.conf file:
#BEGIN PHP INSTALLER EDITS - REMOVE ONLY ON UNINSTALL
PHPIniDir "C:/Program Files/PHP/"
#END PHP INSTALLER EDITS - REMOVE ONLY ON UNINSTALL

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## Re: php.ini set up problem

Jeff Gaines wrote:

I did indeed. I restarted the server and php stopped working. So I
uninstalled php, reinstalled but put the installation in C:/PHP instead
of C:\Program Files\PHP, put the php.ini file in C:\windows, restarted
the server. Now when I do a phpinfo() it is reading the file kind of.
phpinfo() shows that it is finding the file. It shows the proper
php.ini file that get picked up after restarting the server.  However,
some things are not getting picked up like extension_dir is not getting
changed from the php.ini

One weird thing happened on the php reinstall. I made a vertual
directory for my php scripts under wwwroot. For some reason the
reinstall left a copy of php.exe in that directory. I used the
automatic windows installer file. Maybe I should do this manually.

looks like you are using a apache server. I do not see a httpd.conf
file in my PHP directory. Is that file specific to the apache install?
Where is the file located.

Thanks
Mike

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wrote:

Yes I am using Apache - it is in:
C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\bin

and httpd.conf is in:
C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf

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## Re: php.ini set up problem

wrote:

What do you mean by 'php breaks'? What does/doesn't it do?
The fact that putting the php.ini file in c:/windows affects operation
certainly proves that that is the correct place for it. Put a standard
php.ini file here then sort out problems from there.

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Paul Herber wrote:

Thanks

I put the standard file that came with the install there. So it should
not have been corrupted but who knows. So I agree it looks like it was
going through its list of places to find the php.ini file and found
somthing in the windows directory. I seem to have gotten PHP to now read
the php.ini file (atleast partially) in the windows directory by doing a
php uninstall and a reinstall of php. This time I put it in a C:\PHP
directory as opposed to the installer default c:\Program Files
directory. Seems like other people have it working in Program Files.
When it was not workin I would get a short message in my browser that
said somethin like it could not make the reference call, no error
number. Sorry, I can not remember the exact message.

Thanks
Mike

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mike wrote:

Now I remember:

The remote procedure call failed

Mike

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mike wrote:

I got the new installation to break. The old installation was in the
c:\Program Files\PHP\ directory. When I placed the php.ini file in the
c:\windows directory PHP broke. I was getting an error message  that
said "The remote procedure call failed "

When I reinstalled I installed to the c:\PHP\ directory. I placed the
php.ini file back in C:\windows and all was well. Then I noticed using
phpinfo() that the extension_dir was set to C:\Program Files\PHP, which
was now a none existant directory. So I changed the value in php.ini to
point to C:\PHP, the new directory. PHP immedialy choked again giving
the same "The remote procedure call failed " errors. When I changed the
extension_dir back to C:\Program Files\PHP, al was well again.

Im not sure what is going on but I think something is wrong with the
extension directory. If php makes a call to an existing extension
directory it dies. However if the directory does not exist, then it lives.

Just a guess anyway.  However, the scripts I have written are so simple
I am not sure why php would look in the extension directory anyway.

Mike

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Jerry Stuckle wrote:

Jerry,

When I installed php the installer gave me the option to load a list of
extensions, I just loaded everything. So my C:\PHP\ext directory is
packed with .dll files. I do not know exactly what php uses, but right
now I probably do not need any of them. All I know is that if I change
the extension_dir from c:\Program Files\PHP\ext (a non-existant
directory) to C:\PHP\ext (an exsisting one) simple PHP scripts die with
"The remote procedure call failed " errors.

I also noticed that the include_path was also wrong so I changed it to
.;c\PHP\PEAR  ( again I am not any were near to using PEAR stuff yet).
This change did not seem to break php.

Mike

## Re: php.ini set up problem

mike wrote:

First thing is to get rid of all of the extensions.  You can do that in
your php.ini file.  Then once you get it working, add in only the ones
you need.

Some of the extensions require external files, i.e. MySQL requires the
MySQL client libs.  That's probably why your installation didn't work
when you moved your php.ini file.

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## Re: php.ini set up problem

Jerry Stuckle wrote:

Thanks Jerry,

I commented out all the extensions and changed the extension_dir back to
c:\PHP\ext restarted the server and all is well now. I will have to
learn what each extension does. From the titles it looks like some may
be useful. Eventually I will give learning MySQL a shot so I can bring
those back in then.