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Bug #35329 php.ini location changed between 5.0 and 5.1
Submitted: 2005-11-22 13:10 UTC Modified: 2005-12-18 20:00 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:3 of 3 (100.0%)
Same Version:3 (100.0%)
Same OS:3 (100.0%)
From: cjbj at hotmail dot com Assigned: wez (profile)
Status: Not a bug Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 5.1.0 OS: win32
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2005-11-22 13:10 UTC] cjbj at hotmail dot com
PHP 5.0 on Windows reads a php.ini located at
c:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache/conf/httpd.conf
or c:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache/conf2/httpd.conf.

PHP 5.1.0RC7-dev (Nov 22 2005 08:23:50) does not read
this php.ini.  Phpinfo() shows php.ini as "C:\WINDOWS",
i.e. it has not found a php.ini

This is a backward compatibility breakage I didn't notice
documented in Steph's 5.1 upgrade notes.


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 [2005-11-23 02:54 UTC] cjbj at hotmail dot com
When I upgraded from 5.5 to 5.1, I had to

0. Unzip 5.1 to c:\php5-win32-latest

1. Edit c:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/conf/httpd.conf and change:
     LoadModule php5_module "c:/php5.0-win32-200511031730/php5apache2.dll"
     LoadModule php5_module "c:/php5-win32-latest/php5apache2.dll"

2. Edit c:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\php.ini and change:
     extension_dir = "c:\php5.0-win32-200511031730\ext"
     extension_dir = "c:\php5-win32-latest\ext"

3. Copy c:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\php.ini to c:\WINDOWS

Step 3 was not needed when upgrading any 5.0.x to 5.0.y.
 [2005-11-28 15:19 UTC]
Chris, can you try using filemon from sysinternals to see if it's trying to access alternate php.ini paths?
 [2005-11-28 17:10 UTC]
CWD (why it checked the Apache dir) is now only searched when running under CLI. Either this is really a bug or FAQ in the manual should be changed to say to use Apache/bin (path is checked in 5.0 and 5.1 at least since its the binary location).
 [2005-12-13 01:13 UTC] stan64 at gmail dot com
I have got this bug also on 2 systems with alot of installation methods and with both 5.0.4 and 5.1.1.

First off PHP won't work if I set PHPIniDir to a wrong path other than the config file lies within.

When it's pointed at the wrong location phpinfo says that it have found a ini file in the windows directory. Though it does not contain such a file.

I try to put my file there and it don't read it. It still reads it imaginary file that is supposed to be located in the windows directory.

I have read through the installation steps carefully, tried all helpful comments. Tried things I found on google. And all with the same result.
 [2005-12-13 01:38 UTC] stan64 at gmail dot com
Ok, so I used filemon to see where it checked for php.ini.

I put it in php root, that is in path and PHPIniDir. And it finds the file reads it and php don't work. I use the recommended ini configured like the last versions that worked.

If I try to put it in Windows then... The read pattern is similiar for alot of scrolling but it never looks for php.ini outside of the php directory. PHP works and says it found the ini in the windows directory. Though the settings n phpinfo do NOT represent the ini I put there.
 [2005-12-18 20:00 UTC]
This is no bug, it has been documented like this forever:

What you've relied upon was an undocumented bug.
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