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August 1st, 2009

Recompiling PHP5 With Bundled Support For GD On Ubuntu

PHP, Ubuntu, by suvi.

I’ve been installing the LAMP stack on an Ubuntu based server for a client. They rely on the version of LibGD that’s bundled with PHP5. This version includes certain functions including imagerotate() and others.

It seems that the people who build Ubuntu (and Debian) distribution do not want to compile PHP5 with the version of GD that comes bundled with PHP5. As far as I can tell the guys at Ubuntu (and Debian) consider this to be a fork of the original GD library and think that this could be a security risk. Their stance on it is that if PHP want to use this version then they should contribute the changes that have been made to the original GD library back to the core project. This seems fair enough, but unfortunately I can’t immediately change the direction of an open source project this big – or probably any project, come to think about it!

After a bit of rummaging around on the Internet I found nothing to do with actually compiling in this support, so I tried to work out how to do this… In theory! I found a link on Ubuntu forums about including the GMP library I roughly followed this through.

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