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Plesk upgrade to the latest stable version — Centos 5.x 64 bit arch

— Plesk can be upgraded upto version 9.5.4 either from Plesk control
Panel or by using the following script :

# /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/autoinstaller

— Till this version, its pretty straightforward.

— But when trying to upgrade to a version higher with a PHP
version < 5.3, you will face issues. -- We are now trying to Upgrade Plesk using the stock CentOS repo's and do not depend on any 3rd Party repo's including the trusted atomic. -- From the version 9.5.4, do an installation again, selecting the same version number (9.5.4) # /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/autoinstaller

# After selecting the version from the installation menu, you will find such a screen in the
next page :

Please select the components of Parallels Plesk Panel you want to install:

Different PHP interpreter versions
14. (*) PHP5 support
15. ( ) PHP5.3 support

— From this select ’15. ( ) PHP5.3 support’ and proceed with the installation.

— At the end of this installation, you will get Plesk 9.5.4 with PHP 5.3 support,
which means you will have the PHP required to upgrade to the next level,
without any further repo’s

— Although this is the case, when you try to check the PHP version,
you will get something like this :

PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib64/php/
modules/' - /usr/lib64/php/modules / cannot open shared
object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0

— Ignore this error for the moment

— Upgrade Plesk to 11.5 using the auto-installer.

— There should not be errors ( in usual cases), other than the license error which can
be ignored.

— Once Upgrade is completed, we will have to fix the issue with

# yum list php*sqlite*

— This is acutally a bug in Plesk that this module comes with the 32-bit arch, even
if the CentOS arch is 64-bit and all other modules are installed as 64 bit.

— To get around this, remove the rpm ‘php53-sqlite2’ and install a 64-bit arch one
from RHEL/CentOS

— Remove it using the command,

# rpm -e --nodeps php53-sqlite2 ( Dont remove using YUM or without ‘–nodeps’ option )

— Download and install the 64bit arch package

# wget

— Run the following command to install the Package :

# rpm -i php53-sqlite2-5.3.2-11011812.x86_64.rpm

— Check php -v and ensure things are fine.

Apache error_log – piling up with PHP errors ?

Is error_log associated with a domain piling up in huge size ?

Check the contents of it and see if its something like this :


[07-Feb-2014 00:19:15 America/New_York] PHP Strict Standards: Non-static method JDispatcher::getInstance() should not be called statically in
[07-Feb-2014 00:19:15 America/New_York] PHP Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::load() should not be called statically in
[07-Feb-2014 00:19:15 America/New_York] PHP Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::register() should not be called statically in
[07-Feb-2014 00:19:15 America/New_York] PHP Strict Standards: Non-static method JPluginHelper::_import() should not be called statically in
[07-Feb-2014 00:19:15 America/New_York] PHP Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::import() should not be called statically in



We can see that it is reporting PHP Strict-Standards errors.
As each and every strict standard errors is being reported,
error_log is consuming huge amount of space.

This is a change which has been seen in the newer version of PHP, ( PHP 5.4 )
which now reports E_STRICT errors on default.

To get around this issue, disable error reporting for strict standards,
by adding the below line to PHP configuration file.

error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE & ~E_STRICT

Virus scanning for file uploads with clamav/php

Download and install the following packages, in case your repository has those package just use the management tool to install.


# apt-get install clamav clamav-db clamd clamav-devel php-devel


# yum install php-devel
# wget
# wget
# wget
# wget
# rpm -Uvh clam*
# freshclam
# service clamd start

Configure php-clamav

Download php-clamav from from

# wget
# tar xvzf php-clamav_0.15.7.tar.gz
# cd php-clamav-0.15.7/
# phpize
#./configure –with-clamav
# make
# cp modules/ /usr/lib/php/modules/

Add the modules to php.ini if required.

Make sure the module is loaded

# php -i | grep -i clam

Incase you see the following error create a symlink to clamav path
LibClamAV Error: cl_load(): Can’t get status of /var/lib/clamav

# ln -s /var/clamav /var/lib/clamav

Test script
Get the testing virus file from and save it on a file (eg: /tmp/virus.txt)

Create a php script:
cat > check_virus.php

$file = ‘/tmp/testing.txt’;
$retcode = cl_scanfile($file, $virusname);
if ($retcode == CL_VIRUS) {
echo .”Virus found name : “.$virusname;
} else {
echo .cl_pretcode($retcode);

$ php check_virus.php
Virus found name : Eicar-Test-Signature


Upgrading php to 5.2 or 5.3 in Redhat EL 5

Unfortunately RHEL 5 does not have php.5.2 package, which is required by most of the applications including latest wordpress and drupal.

First thought of compiling php from source, but hard to keep it uptodate. So decided to make the life easier with EPEL/IUS repositories.

Remove all existing php related packages:

# rpm -e php php-mysql php-cli php-pdo php-common

Download and install the EPEL/IUS RPMs

# wget

# wget

incase if the list not working just browse and find the rpm.

Install the RPMs

# rpm -Uvh *-release-*.rpm

Now you can install php 5.2 or 5.3 like:

# yum install php52 php52-mysql



get rid of apache@localhost in received email headers

There is a good change that the foreign email servers will drop if the sender email headers are not properly formatted.
Anyway if you get apache@localhost in Received header (with postfix/apache/php), you can change the php.ini, sendmail_path program to use sendmail.postfix instead of sendmail binary.

like : sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail.postfix -t -i -f