Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Walking a stream

Back in September I stayed at a friend's cabin up on a ridge in southwestern Wisconsin. It was right after the heavy rains that caused the heavy flooding in Minnesota. On the drive down we got detoured because highway 52 was closed.

With all the streams muddy I was prepared to just sit in the cabin all weekend. After a day of relaxing by the fire, I decided to get out and take a walk in the valley. DNR maps showed designated water in the valley to the west of the ridge. I scrambled down the side of the ridge and found the stream when it was only a few hundred yards old. Just a few feet across and wade-able with waterproof hiking boots.

I followed it down past a convergence with the eastern valley's stream. I found a spring seemingly flowing out of the forest floor. I followed the stream until I found a narrowing and a small hole near a big, red barn. [props to my mother-in-law for getting me the collapsing spinning rod.] I pulled out my spinning rig from my backpack and proceeded to catch a beautiful brook trout on a jig.

For perhaps the first time I walked a trout stream with out a fishing pole. I normally admire my surrounds when fishing, but this time I was able to focus on the beauty of the stream and the surrounding forest.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Adding oci8 support to php on linux (RHEL5 64-bit)

This is a fishing blog, but I feel compelled to post a solution to a computer problem I had a great deal of difficulty with.

Here are my notes on how I got php's oci8 extension compiled and working on Red Hat 5 64-bit.

Plain text notes here.

On RHEL5 (64-bit) using php 5.1.6-27

Downloaded the instantclient


Created diredtory /usr/lib/oracle/instantclient

Unzipped the instantclient zip file, added the instant client files into new dir called "lib":

[root@servername lib]# pwd
[root@servername lib]# ls -al
total 178772
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:18 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:18 ..
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25532 Oct 18 14:12 adrci
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 439 Oct 18 14:12 BASIC_README
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 46352 Oct 18 14:12 genezi
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 Oct 18 14:13 ->
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 52439406 Oct 18 14:12
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 7898628 Oct 18 14:12
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1972824 Oct 18 14:12
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 115820762 Oct 18 14:12
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 164756 Oct 18 14:12
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 2030135 Oct 18 14:12 ojdbc5.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 2152051 Oct 18 14:12 ojdbc6.jar
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:12 sdk
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 192341 Oct 18 14:12 uidrvci
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 66783 Oct 18 14:12 xstreams.jar

Added symlink in "lib" directory: ->

Then downloaded the sdk files:

Copied them into the lib directory in a dir called "sdk":

[root@servername sdk]# pwd
[root@servername sdk]# ls -al
total 320
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:12 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:18 ..
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:12 demo
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Oct 18 14:12 include
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 869 Oct 18 14:12 ott
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 298394 Oct 18 14:12
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 435 Oct 18 14:12 SDK_README

Then, from /usr/local/src I ran:

pecl install oci8

And when prompted, I entered:


(I can't remember exactly which one)

Compiling worked, now with the oci8 extension compiled and copied to the proper directory (in my case: /usr/lib64/php/modules/)

I added a file called "oci8.ini" to /etc/php.d which contains:

Then I run "/etc/init.d/httpd restart"

And then phpinfo() displays:

OCI8 Support enabled
Version 1.4.3
Revision $Revision: 300752 $
Active Persistent Connections 0
Active Connections 0
Oracle Instant Client Version 11.2
Temporary Lob support enabled
Collections support enabled

Until the "lib" and "sdk" directories were located in the proper place I got errors such as:

"Instant Client SDK header files not found"


"Oracle Instant Client libraries not found"

I hope this helps someone down the line.