I've just made a new instance via AWS EC2 - opting for the most recent stable release of ubuntu - 11.04. I now need to install the latest versions of PHP and Apache. I've run an apt-get update etc..

Unfortunately I require an even newer version of PHP - which isn't available via apt-get.

I've tried compiling php 5.3.8 via source, but I've had lots of problems.

My question is, should I continue down this route? Or is there an alternative? I've seen posts on here about alternative repository lists.. Can someone point me in the right direction, that would be a massive help! thanks


Take a look at dotdeb repository.

  • dotdeb has packages for debian, not for ubuntu. – stew Oct 4 '11 at 16:09

I do he following (for PHP 5.2.x)

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/php --with-apxs2=/usr/local/servers/apache/bin/apxs --with-pgsql=/usr/local/servers/postgresql --enable-pdo --with-pdo-pgsql=/usr/local/servers/postgresql --with-pear --without-mysql

make make install

You'll possibly want to add any number of the following options among others depending on your needs:

--enable-xml --enable-libxml --with-pcre-regex --enable-trans-sid --enable-sockets --with-iconv --enable-mbstring --enable-ctype --with-zlib --with-ssl --enable-simplexml --enable-dom --enable-spl

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