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I am trying to set up NewRelic on my Apache2/PHP server, and have it report different applications per vhost. To do this, the php value newrelic.appname must be changed. It is defined by default in /etc/php.d/newrelic.ini however to do per vhost reporting, it needs to be set specifically on that vhost, as described here:

In my /etc/php.d/newrelic.ini is set:

newrelic.appname="PHP Application;;"

In my vhost I have the following configuration:

<Directory "/">
    AllowOverride All
    php_value newrelic.appname ""

And it my .htaccess I have:

php_value newrelic.appname ''

But looking at phpinfo() served from a file in the same directory as the .htaccess file I get:

 Directive Name     Local/Active Value  Master/Default Value
 newrelic.appname   PHP Application     PHP Application

Using FastCGI via spawn-fcgi.

Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Are you running PHP as Apache module, or maybe as CGI/FastCGI application ? – pdaukintis Feb 27 '13 at 21:10
Oops, I meant to include that in the post - I am using FastCGI. – doublesharp Feb 28 '13 at 3:32
I happen to be using WordPress for most of my sites, so I am usin ini_set('newrelic.appname', '') in the wp-config.php file to more or less make this work, but I'm still not sure how to set php values in config using PHP/FastCGI. – doublesharp Feb 28 '13 at 22:34
.htaccess is an Apache thing. When you're using Apache's mod_php, it'd work, but FastCGI isn't hooked into Apache. – ceejayoz Mar 1 '13 at 21:33
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If you want to use .htaccess configuration files while using PHP as CGI/FastCGI, you could use htscanner PHP module, which can parse existing and new .htaccess configuration files with various options (including php_value).

UPDATE: Answer is outdated. See below for updated answer:

Since PHP 5.3.0 PHP includes support for configuration INI files on a per-directory basis. These files are processed only by the CGI/FastCGI SAPI. This functionality obsoletes the PECL htscanner extension. If you are using Apache, use .htaccess files for the same effect.

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Sweet, thanks, this does exactly what I wanted. – doublesharp Mar 2 '13 at 0:43

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