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How to compile Oracle support (Oci8) for PHP on Solaris

Ok, we all know that this should be a trivial task. And it really is. Just a few steps to complete:

  • Go to Oracle’s download page
  • Search for the real download link
  • Choose your favorite platform there
  • Click on desired file
  • Click ok on popup reminder that you have to agree to the Download Licence Agreement
  • Click “Accept Download Licence Agreement”
  • Click on desired file (again)
  • Press ok on Popup window telling you to register
  • Go to register page, fill in registration data
  • Click “Continue”
  • Read error message
  • Go back to registration and sign up for one of the mandatory newsletters
  • Go back to download site (You *did* bookmark it, did you?)
  • Click on desired file (again)
  • Click on desired file (again)
  • Find out that the download has already started in the background
  • Delete superfluous copies of the file you downloaded
  • unZIP (as we all know, ZIP *is* the packer of choice on *nix alike platforms)
  • Download OCI8 support from pecl.php.net
  • Unpack
  • Start configure
  • Learn that the Oracle Instant Client doesn’t contain the header files
  • Go back to Oracle Download Page (you’d *really* better bookmark that page, dude)
  • Click on … download … unzip
  • Try to configure Oci8 again (will fail anyway)
  • Go to unpacked Oracle SDK dir
  • Create ./lib directory
  • Move files from Base Client directory to newly created lib dir
  • Go back to Oci8
  • Try to configure (will work this time)
  • Make (will fail)
  • Patch Makefile for Oci8 (hint: Add library pathes for Oracle Client)
  • Configure (will fail, even if you patched correctly)
  • Go back to Oracle Client SDK lib dir
  • Create symlink for libclntsh.so
  • Go back to Oci8 dir
  • Make (will work, really)
  • Make install
Guys, that’s really like software installation should work in 2008. Not.