This problem is complicated, and I'm not an expert at all, so bear with me. My server admin team set me up with a standard RHEL box. It had PHP preinstalled, as well as apache.
I am now trying to get Drupal 7 installed on the machine, which has alerted me to a problem:
Database support Disabled
Your web server does not appear to support any common PDO database extensions. Check with your hosting provider to see if they support PDO (PHP Data Objects) and offer any databases that Drupal supports.
Googling this subject and talking to our server guys, it appeared that we needed to enable the PDO extensions in the php.ini file. Great, in /etc/php.ini I added the extension=pdo.so and extension=mysql_pdo.so lines.
Nothing changed, and I've got several concerns. When we search the server for a pdo.so file, it's found in a
modules directory deep inside of /usr/ somewhere. We copied the path to that directory into the php.ini as
extension_dir=[that path]. Restart apache, no change.
When I run php -version, I see an error message that says it can't load the dynamic library, but it's looking for the pdo.so library in /usr/local/lib/php/extensions/some-strange-no-debug-non-zts-0330i504065/ directory. Not in the directory we just set as "extensions_dir" in the php.ini. And in the phpinfo() output, it lists the extension directory like we set it in php.ini.
Second, in phpinfo() output, in the "Configure Command" section, the
--disable-pdo flag is present.
If I check
which php, and then navigate there, there's another file in that directory called php-config. Open that up, and TA DA! There's an "extension_dir" value that matches the
/some-strange-no-debug-non-zts-92ur9u92i/ directory that was mentioned before.
Does this all need to be recompiled with the appropriate flags? Can it be fixed in php.ini? If not, how would we even go about recompiling php if it was installed with yum or rpm?
I should say, I'm using RHEL5 php53 packages. I have already run yum install php53-pdo. If I try to run yum install php-pdo (or any other non php53 php package) I get conflict errors between php53-common and php-common, which is why I started running php53 packages in the first place.