I have php 5.3.10 (and CentOS 6) and as I understand enchant automatically comes with it. When I try to run an example like

$tag = 'en_US';
$r = enchant_broker_init();
$bprovides = enchant_broker_describe($r);
echo "Current broker provides the following backend(s):\n";

I get this php fatal error: PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function enchant_broker_init()

I can also see this in my php configure command outputted with phpinfo

-with-enchant=shared,/usr' '--with-recode=shared,/usr'

Do I need to add sg perhaps to php.ini?

  • Is glib installed and working? I think there is a dependency in enchant for glib.
    – scotru
    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:21
  • Thanks, glib was not installed. Just did now, but I am still getting this fatal error.
    – giorgio79
    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:28

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Ok, looks like I was naive when I read somewhere that enchant comes packaged with php above 5.3 I still had to

yum install php-enchant enchant hunspell

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