Some weeks ago I installed FreeBSD 11 in my computer in order to use it as a testing machine for some web project I wanted to work in.
In order to do that I needed to install the traditional combo of Apache, MySQL, and PHP, and configure it properly. I did not install the ports system when I installed FreeBSD, therefore I used the package system instead.
This one was the most straightforward one: I installed the package
pkg install apache24
Added line apache24_enable=yes to rc.conf:
And started the service:
service apache24 start
In order to test if that part was actually working correctly I opened with the browser the home url, and was rewarded with the following message:
Ok, I ‘ll believe that it is working 🙂
If you come from a Linux background you might be a bit confused when you start configuring things, since the file structure in FreeBSD is slightly different. Let’s remember some useful paths:
- httpd.conf : /usr/local/etc/apache24
- default website folder: /usr/local/www/apache24/data
- apache logs: /var/log
(and check httpd-error.log)
Next was MySQL turn.
I remembered from the last time I had tried FreeBSD many years ago, that it offered the possibility to choose between different versions of a same software:
I took, therefore, a look at the available MySQL versions.
pkg search mysql | grep server
And this is what I got:
So I could choose between MySQL 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, and 8. I decided for the current stable 5.7, and similarly to which I had done with apache, I added the correspondingly line to rc.conf, and started the service:
pkg install mysql57-server sysrc mysql-server=YES service mysql_enabled start
With MySQL installed and running, I needed to configure it, and assign a password to the root user:
The script asks some questions on securing the installation, such restricting access to anonymous users, etc:
As with MySQL, there where various versions of PHP available to choose from: 5.6, 7.0, 7.1.
I installed the package for the 7.1 version of PHP, and the corresponding module to allow PHP to communicate with MySQL databases:
pkg install mod_php71 php71-mysqli
PHP provides 2 templates of php.ini files: one for production, and one for development. In this case, since I was setting up a testing machine for software development, I used php.ini-development as the base for a php.ini.
cp /usr/local/etc/php.ini-development /usr/local/etc/php.ini
Next I need to configure apache so that is able to recognize, and handle properly PHP files; otherwise when requesting a PHP file from the server, it would offer to download the file, instead of rendering it.
In order to configure that I needed to edit the httpd.conf file:
I made sure that the line to load the php7_module did exist, and that it was uncommented, and configure the mime type to associate the .php extension to php content.
LoadModule php7_module libexec/apache24/libphp7.so AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
In the dir_module entry, I added index.php to the existing index.html in the DirectoryIndex:
<IfModule dir_module> DirectoryIndex index.php index.html </IfModule>
I did run rehash, to make sure the system recognized the changes:
Finally I wrote in the web directory a test.php file with the typical phpinfo() line:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Access it from the web browser you should see a table with information on you php configuration.
Testing everything works: installing adminer
At this point FAMP is up, and running, and we can start installing whatever software we want to run on it. A very simple way to check that all parts are working nicely together would be to install something like adminer.
Adminer is a database web manager written in PHP. Installing it, it is really simple since it does only require to upload a file. So it is a quick/simple way to check that everything is working as expected.
Download the file:
Move it to the /usr/local/www/apache24/data folder (or the location of our web folder, if we modified httpd.conf to use a different one):
move adminer-4.3.1-en.php /usr/local/www/apache24/data/adminer-MNCH.php
Now from the browser we try to access our adminer site:
And we should see something like this:
Here we should be able to log in and, create, or edit existing databases using web interfaces.
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