Building additional PHP modules on OSX

Normally I try to avoid dealing with PHP if at all possible, but there is now a PHP port of py-amqplib called php-amqplib, and I offered to help out with it a bit. Maybe partially out of guilt for having written the mess of Python code it was based on :)

I thought it would be handy to work on it using my MacBook. OS X 10.5 (Leopard) has PHP 5.2.6 built in standard, but unfortunately it doesn't have the bcmath extension included, which php-amqplib makes use of. Turns out building the module wasn't that difficult. This page got me going - although building bcmath was much simpler. Since I had the Apple Developer Tools for 10.5 installed, it was just a matter of ...

  • mkdir /SourceCache
  • cd /SourceCache
  • fetch http://us3.php.net/get/php-5.2.6.tar.gz/from/this/mirror
  • tar xzvf php-5.2.6.tar.gz
  • cd php-5.2.6/ext/bcmath
  • phpize
  • ./configure
  • make
  • sudo make install
  • cd /etc
  • cp php.ini.default php.ini

And then edit /etc/php.ini to make these two changes:

--- php.ini.default     2008-07-15 14:19:15.000000000 -0500
+++ php.ini     2008-12-08 21:44:52.000000000 -0600
@@ -483,7 +483,7 @@
 user_dir =

 ; Directory in which the loadable extensions (modules) reside.
-extension_dir = "./"
+;extension_dir = "./"

 ; Whether or not to enable the dl() function.  The dl() function does NOT work
 ; properly in multithreaded servers, such as IIS or Zeus, and is automatically
@@ -595,6 +595,7 @@
 ; needs to go here.  Specify the location of the extension with the
 ; extension_dir directive above.

+extension=bcmath.so

 ; Windows Extensions
 ; Note that ODBC support is built in, so no dll is needed for it.

After that, I was able to run the amqp_test.php file for the first time, sending a message and receiving it in py-amqplib's demo/demo_receive.py