2008-04-23

Part 2: Drupal 6.2 and DB2 Express-C 9.5 on Ubuntu 7.10

This is part 2 in my series on getting Drupal 6.2 and DB2 Express-C 9.5 to play nicely with each other. In the first part, I installed DB2 Express-C 9.5. In this part, I'll look at getting Apache/PHP5 setup and DB2 working from within PHP.

Step 1: Configuring DB2. There were some additional configuration steps needed for DB2, which are detailed on the developerWorks forum. There were some superfluous steps, but the worst you're going to do is overwrite something with the same thing. In particular, all the user accounts were set up already. If you're not familiar with DB2, you can issue commands from the shell, in the form of:

db2 "create database testdb"
but just make sure you're running these commands as the user db2inst1, or you source db2inst1's db2profile. If you can create `testdb`, then DB2 is working correctly.

Step 2: Install Apache httpd 2.2 and PHP 5.2. The Ubuntu Guide has information on setting up Apache and PHP, but the quick and dirty steps are:
sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Step 3: Install DB2 support for PHP. There is a PECL module for IBM DB2, which can be installed with PHP's PEAR (PHP Extension and Application Repository, like apt-get for Ubuntu).
sudo apt-get install php-pear
sudo pecl install ibm_db2
When I first ran this, I got the error: "sh: phpize: not found". After doing a quick search, I realized that I needed the PHP development files to be able to compile the DB2 driver:
sudo apt-get install php5-dev
After the module is compiled, it will ask you where your installation of DB2 is. In my experience, it wouldn't believe me when I told it where DB2 was installed to. Luckily, it ended up not mattering. When you get to this part of the PECL install, just hit Ctrl-C.

Next, I needed to configured PHP to use the IBM DB2 driver. In `/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini`, go to the extension section and add:
extension_dir="/opt/ibm/db2/V9.5/dsdriver/php32"
extension="extension=ibm_db2_5.2.1.so"
Note: correct the path if you have your module installed somewhere else; do a `locate ibm_db2_5.2.1.so`)

After making the changes, I reloaded Apache:
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 reload
Verify that the module is loaded by making a quick PHP page in /var/www/ with the content:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
and make sure there's a DB2 driver loaded. I started playing around with DB2 in PHP, but it was getting late and I decided to put that off for another day. IBM has some information on developing PHP5 for DB2, but it's barebones at best. I'll post a sample script next time.

Ok, so at this point, I have Apache, PHP, and DB2 Express-C 9.5 all installed and playing well with each other. In the next article in this series, I'll look at getting Drupal 6.2 to use DB2 on the back end.

1 comment:

Mayooran said...

Hey, the reason that you were not able to successfully issue ./configure command is because I think you've not selected the application development tools when you were installing your db2. I think that's the reason..thanks..