Ubuntu – Unable to load dynamic library ‘/usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/sqlite.so’

Linux, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu
The other day, I was getting this weird error [code]PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/sqlite.so' - /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/sqlite.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0[/code] Fix it by doing this [code]root@beta:~# rm -fr /etc/php5/conf.d/sqlite.ini[/code] Because this extension does not exist, you can verify it by running this, you will see that there is already sqlite3.ini file there [code]root@beta:~# ls -lh /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/ | grep sqlite[/code]
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Just released – PHP SolusVM Wrapper class

OpenSource, PHP
I have just released a SolusVM wrapper class based around the SolusVM Client API. More details on the project homepage new project homepage on GitHub. You can also download the complete code from GitHub, fork it on GitHub to improve it and/or watch/start it Update Nov 29, 2012: Moved from Google Code to GitHub because GitHub is a graet place for open-source stuff. Google Code is so old school now
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Using Facebook Graph API to keep an eye on friends activity

Experiments, Personal, Social Networking, Virtual Private Server
Life is really moving in the fast lane for me, and Im pretty sure for most of you readers too. I login to social-networking platforms after weeks and I cant recognize most of these faces (even though they are my friends). Its proven that Humans tend to recognize people by face more quickly then names and email addresses so whenever someone puts on a new face (uploads a new profile-picture), I have hard time getting to know them. Well, I thought today, I have been developing in facebook application for so long now - Why not put online a few hours to fetch Facebook Friends data via API and keeping track of who did what? (status updates) and who changed his/her profile picture? So last night I was up, as…
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Installing Lighttpd, PHP and MySQL on Ubuntu

How to, Linux, OpenSource, PHP, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu, Virtual Private Server
If you are not getting a package on Ubuntu, please check to see if your /etc/apt/sources.list file is updated. This is common with most VPS providers On VPS, especially with challenging small memory limit (e.g. 64MB or 128MB) lighttpd is the best option instead of Apache. In this article I will show you how to do that. On a fresh box (which has no apache installed) type this to get lighttpd webserver installed [code]apt-get install lighttpd[/code] Now install PHP5 CGI package and PHP5 command line package [code]apt-get install php5-cgi php5-cli[/code] Edit the following file [code]nano /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini[/code] and uncomment this line [code]cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1[/code] Now enable fastcgi module [code]lighty-enable-mod fastcgi[/code] Restart Lighttpd [code]/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart[/code] You get the welcome page Lets install MySQL 5.1 server and client [code]apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client[/code] and…
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Good bye CentOS! Hello Ubuntu

CentOS, Linux, PHP, Reviews, Tips and Tricks, Ubuntu
Its been about almost more then two years since I have been playing with CentOS on many different platforms etc. Its very stable but on the other hand, PHP/MySQL updates are very hard to get and still PHP is 5.1.6. I tried EPEL repo and it updated PHP to 5.3.1 but still there were conflicts with stuff and many core packages. So, I thought why not move to Ubuntu since it has just announced 10.04LTS (Long Term Support) in April 2010. Folks at iWeb were really nice to do a reinstall without any charges and also process a memory upgrade request at an amazing 50% discount. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Apache 2 version is 2.2.14 PHP version is 5.3.2 MySQL version is 5.1.41-3ubuntu12 SVN (Subversion) version is 1.6.6 As a comparison…
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Kohana or CodeIgniter or CakePHP?

Personal, PHP, Thoughts
I am going to start on a small system for internal use and I wanted to re-think my choice of CodeIgniter because it does not have templates or ORM. Guess what, I landed with KohanaPHP. It sounds very tempting that a new MVC Framework based on CodeIgniter with new features (especially ORM) is here but the documentation is really really poor. I tried googling for a book or tutorial and I was really disappointed to have found none. I tried Amazon.com for a book but no books. Looks like I have landed in some weird space that might be good looking but I need to get my hands dirty in the code to learn it and at the end of the day, it may seem that I have lost a…
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Creating and Installing crontabs using CodeIgniter

How to, OpenSource, PHP, Resources, Reviews, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials
Last night, I was trying to get a crontab working in CodeIgniter, since my current project (a personal project) is using CodeIgniter now. I didn't wanted to use the conventional approach of running crontabs and my code seperate. Unfortunately, CodeIgniter does not have support for Crontabs and I didn't wanted to user wget in linux crontab to initiate unwanted requests. I spent some time and came up with a solution. It uses CodeIgniter backend Does not modify any core architecture of CodeIgniter Keeps configuration at one place So enough of the summary and let me show you how its done. Create a file (e.g. cron.php) in the same place as your index.php and system folder. Here is its code [php]/** * @author Asim Zeeshan * @web http://www.asim.pk/ * @date 13th…
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Template Library for CodeIgniter, Simple, Fast and Easy!

How to, OpenSource, PHP, Resources, Reviews, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials
If you have not noticed, I just got started on CodeIgniter. I was really disappointed today when I noticed the lack of a template system in CodeIngiter to skin my little application. They say The Template Parser Class is not a full-blown template parsing solution. We've kept it very lean on purpose in order to maintain maximum performance. Lucky for me, I got a little help here, the library is great and works well for the latest version of CI too best of all its small and does not modify the CI code in anyway. It just uses the already available code to skin the application. Sleak! I made a couple of modifications in the original library, here are my modifications [php]<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access…
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