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Bug #12576 php_pdf.dll is expired
Submitted: 2001-08-05 07:55 UTC Modified: 2002-02-04 05:51 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:1 of 1 (100.0%)
Same Version:0 (0.0%)
Same OS:0 (0.0%)
From: robert at scpallas dot de Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: PDF related
PHP Version: 4.1.1 OS: Windows 98
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2001-08-05 07:55 UTC] robert at scpallas dot de
I have PHP 4.0.6 installed on a Windows 98 System with gd,pdf and zlib extensions.

When I try to call a function from the pdflib it says: 
Fatal error: PDFlib error: Beta expired - retrieve new version from in .....php on line 4

On that website I found the following information:
2001-05-18: PDFlib 4.0.0 accidentally contains a time-bomb feature from the beta test which makes PDFlib 4.0.0 expire in July 2001.

The php_pdf.dll you can download from is not free and displays a message
across all pdf-pages.
They offer a patch on that website, but that does not work with windows dll's.

Please add a working php_pdf.dll to your PHP-distribution for win32.
Robert Grellmann


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 [2002-01-11 17:23 UTC]
Are you sure it isn't your installed PDFlib that produces this error?

Otherwise, please try with 4.1.1, and report back.
 [2002-02-02 06:38 UTC]
No feedback was provided for this bug, so it is being suspended.
If you are able to provide the information that was requested,
please do so and change the status of the bug back to "Open".
 [2002-02-04 05:51 UTC] robert at scpallas dot de
Ok, I tried with php 4.1.1 now.

I used the binary distribution for Windows which is
available on (
The php_pdf.dll included in that package does not work.
I discovered that it has only 92 KB, but the older
php_pdf.dlls and those available on
have about 460 - 580 KB.

The php_pdf.dll available on is working
with php 4.1.1, but it displays an advertising message
across all pdf-documents.

I think the problem is that the php_pdf.dll included in
the binary distribution of php was not correctly compiled.
Is there anyone out there who installed php 4.1.1 on his
Windows-machine and the pdflib worked correctly???

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