[php-maint] Bug#355976: Confirmed problem: php5 and libapache2-mod-php5 are not configured with --with-tidy

Chuck Renner chuck at chuckrenner.com
Fri Oct 27 21:30:53 CEST 2006

Please help!

Add me to the list of users that are being caused major problems by this
bug.  The Ubuntu php5 and libapache2-mod-php5 packages that are a part
of the Ubuntu LAMP server DO NOT include tidy, even though tidy is now a
default part of the PHP distribution.

I am writing scripts that are dependent on tidy as part of php5.

Installing the PECL extension on an Ubuntu LAMP server DOES NOT work
correctly.  tidy.so gets compiled and installed.  You can then add
tidy.so to the /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini file and restart the Apache2
server.  Tidy shows up in phpinfo(), but does not work correctly when
called from a script.

In other words, installing the PECL tidy extension no longer works either.

I had to follow the instructions at
to compile my own php5 package.  This takes hours to do, even though it
is essentially a one-line diff in code, because compiling all the php
packages takes so long.

--with-tidy needs to be part of the COMMON_CONFIG in the php5 package in
the debian/rules file before compiling.

tidy needs to be listed as a dependency of the php5 package as well
(which includes libtidy-0.99-0 as a dependency).

libtidy-dev needs to be listed as a build dependency of the php5 package

Tidy is now a part of the default PHP distribution, and therefore should
be part of the default Ubuntu php5 package.  Not including it SEVERELY
limits the portability of PHP scripts using tidy, especially since
apt-get upgrade replaces the libapache2-mod-php5 package with a module
without tidy.  This makes the LAMP server very easy to accidently break.


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