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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 25, 2018

add PHP port to RPMs

we need a port of PHP for RPMs. I do not want to replace Zend, but with it being a licensed program it is "harder" to get installed.
the ported PHP would not need db2 support and all the bells & whistles Zend provides.
we need a simple IFS only port that would allow for php-cli support.

Use Case:

unable to get Zend installed, but have a need to run simple IFS only php scripts via php-cli or quick web pages.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 19, 2020

    .This has been delivered through our partnership with Perforce. See

  • Guest
    Jun 26, 2019

    .This is planned for a future release

  • Guest
    Oct 18, 2018

    Zend on IBM i have late releases. So PHP comes out with a new version, it often take more then 6 months (where PHP as the time for 2-3 more minor releases in between) before we have a Zend Server version.

    Basically, PHP is tied with Zend Server and it should not. Zend can release their product with a bundled PHP version that is fine. However, we should be able to have PHP running as standalone if we like to. We could be able to test our app faster, get security update out in the field faster.

    Zend Server as really cool feature that people will want to keep on production server (code tracing, Z-ray, extensive login capability). This as nothing to do with PHP however. If I want PHP on my IBM i, I should be able to decide if I need or not Zend Server.

  • Guest
    Oct 17, 2018

    One of the many existing pain points: In order to make php configuration changes, you must make the changes from within the Zend Server web administration UI. You can manually edit the .ini files, but Zend Server keeps the configs in a database and under certain conditions overwrites the .ini files. In order to log in to the Zend Server web admin you have to have a license key that expires after 1 year if I recall correctly. In order to get a license key you have to talk to a salesperson, wait sometimes weeks for them to get back to you, and put up with their sales pitches.

    Another pain point that I and many others have experienced: Zend Server is an unnecessary additional point-of-failure. Remember this?
    Our production applications were down for 24 hours while I tried to trace down this bug.

  • Guest
    Sep 25, 2018

    There exists a port:

    I've tried to use that one but have not been able to get working