Package Base Details: php56

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Keywords: php
Submitter: mickael9
Maintainer: severach
Last Packager: severach
Votes: 47
Popularity: 0.004048
First Submitted: 2016-01-03 21:26
Last Updated: 2021-01-07 20:41

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mickael9 commented on 2018-10-03 17:21

PHP 5.6 will stop getting security updates in January 2019. Consider upgrading to PHP 7 now

mickael9 commented on 2016-04-06 11:51

PLEASE READ : For those who are getting "unknown public key" errors, this is NOT caused by this package. It means GPG is not configured to fetch public keys automatically (which is normal by default)

Please read the instructions at

The easiest way to overcome this is to manually import the keys from a keyserver :

$ gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys C2BF0BC433CFC8B3 FE857D9A90D90EC1

mickael9 commented on 2016-01-14 01:53

foxxx and I have been working together and this package can now be installed along PHP 7 from the official repos.

Everything has been moved into separate directories :

Config : /etc/php56
Extensions : /usr/lib/php56/modules
Binaries : /usr/bin/php56, /usr/bin/php56-cgi, /usr/bin/phar56, etc.

If you were previously using this as a replacement for php7, you'll have to adjust the new configuration files in /etc/php56/ to reflect the current ones in /etc/php/.

Apache module (provided by php56-apache) also has a specific configuration and CAN NOT cohabit with php7_module. Use php-fpm, fcgi or cgi if you need both versions.

The apache module is installed as, so you should use the following lines your httpd.conf :

# Load php 5.6 module
LoadModule php5_module modules/

# Use it for .php extensions
Include conf/extra/php56_module.conf

Please let me know if you encounter any problem or have a suggestion.

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foxxx0 commented on 2018-02-26 18:52

thanks for that hint, fixed.

rdoursenaud commented on 2018-02-26 17:51

Your latest patch for enchant2 support is missing a crucial part. Loading the extension results in the following: Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib/php56/modules/' - /usr/lib/php56/modules/ undefined symbol: enchant_dict_is_in_session in Unknown on line 0

You also need to patch the extension code itself to use the new API. Something like:

I've been working on porting this to my php55 package which I've been basically copying from yours ;)

foxxx0 commented on 2018-02-26 10:39

Hey, sorry for the delay.

The patch for enchant-2 has been added and it now builds properly again. Thanks to all who have helped in fixing this.

polarbear commented on 2018-02-23 22:55

If you have problems with the enchant just install "enchant-pure" with aur :)

loscsol commented on 2018-02-05 09:55

Nice work @Schmeidenbacher, patch works fine.

For the others, just save it locally and add this in PKGBUILD's prepare():

patch -p0 -l -i ${srcdir}/../php56-configure.patch

Like this:

prepare() {
        cd ${srcdir}/${_pkgbase}-${pkgver}

        patch -p0 -i ${srcdir}/php.ini.patch
        patch -p0 -i ${srcdir}/
        patch -p0 -l -i ${srcdir}/../php56-configure.patch
        # Just because our Apache 2.4 is configured with a threaded MPM by default does not mean we want to build a ZTS PHP.
        # Let's supress this behaviour and build a SAPI that works fine with the prefork MPM.
        sed '/APACHE_THREADED_MPM=/d' -i sapi/apache2handler/config.m4 -i configure

        # Allow php-tidy to compile with tidy-html5
        sed 's/buffio\.h/tidybuffio\.h/' -i ext/tidy/tidy.c

Schmeidenbacher commented on 2018-02-03 12:56

My previous (and now deleted) comment was not quite complete.

A test build revealed a flaw in the patch. This version builds with the newest enchant version:

Fell free to use it in this package.

drankinatty commented on 2018-02-03 09:07

Why does php56 not build with enchant version 2.2.1-1 installed? All prior versions of php56 had had no problems with the package. Yes, I can grab enchant-pure from AUR and build, but I shouldn't have to uninstall a standard package just to get php56 to build. Has the problem been identified? I'll patch with enchant-pure this go-round, but will need to reinstall the Arch package.

tjbp commented on 2018-02-01 23:55

The package enchant-pure contains the necessary symlinks for this to compile again. If the enchant maintainer isn't interested in adding the symlinks it might be worth switching the dependency accordingly.

jdccdevel commented on 2018-01-31 22:34

php56 version 5.6.33-1 will not build if enchant version 2.2.1-1 is installed.

It appears the headers for that version of enchant are installed in /usr/include/enchant-2 instead of /usr/include/enchant as the php56 configure script is expecting.

The PHP7 build has a patch for the configure script that may be relevant.

foxxx0 commented on 2018-01-17 09:18


To me it looks like php71 is causing this as it explicitly conflicts with "php". Due to the fact that the php56 packages have a provide="php" in order to be used as deps for packages that require "php", there is no way to fix this from within php56.

You can either rebuild the php71 packages yourself so that they do not conflict with "php" in order to install php71 and php56 alongside each other or simply wait until all your php 7 applications are compatible with php 7.2 and then leave out the php71 packages.

Please also note that php 5.6 support will end this year (31st December 2018) and there are no security updates after that. I strongly encourage everyone using php 5.6 to start looking for application updates or alternatives over the course of this year.