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openSUSE upgrade

I moved my wordpress blog onto the server in my basement. The old server was a dual CPU PIII running at 993 Mhz with a gig of RAM.

The server in the basement is PII 450Mhz box with 256MB ram so it was chugging. I wanted to install the Alternative PHP Cache (APC) for performance reasons but when I ran the command to install it I got back that my version of php was not supported.

openSUSE 10.1 comes with php 5.1.2 so I ran the upgrade via yast (System Update). This had the fun effect of rendering my server un-bootable. The kernel package did not really install so last night I did some quick surgery and got the system booted. This afternoon I installed the DVD drive from my workstation and got the system properly updated.

APC still did not install. Suse and the phpize command (php5-devel package) is apparently broken. Fortunately this webpage has a list of additional repositories. I added LAB-Project since they maintain updated php5 packages including one for APC.

After I added the apc extension to the php5.ini file, the wordpress pages load almost twice as fast before. Mysql was updated to version 5 so that may have also been a factor.

2 Comments

  1. additional php modules are now available in the SUSE Build service
    including pecl modules zip,xdebug,runkit,imagick,filter,json..

    http://software.opensuse.org/download/server:/php/

    we don’t build apc ATM but xcache [1] that is more stable under PHP5.

    [1] http://trac.lighttpd.net/xcache/

  2. Much thanks, I’ll check out xcache and those rpms.

    So far APC has worked well for me but anything to speed up my old server will be welcomed.

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