How to build APC or eAccelerator for PHP on windows

· by Artem Sidorenko · Read in about 2 min · (318 words)

If you running some php web applications with heavy load you should use some accelerators like APC or eAccelerator for PHP. I noticed that official build instructions in readme’s and official homepages are not completely usable to get it working.

So, we are going to build shared APC extension(php_apc.dll) or eAccelerator extension(eAccelerator.dll) for PHP on windows. Our build platform will be Windows XP SP3 32bit and we are using PHP 5.3.10 VC9 thread safe 32bit.

I had a bad experience with APC on Windows. I don’t know why, but the web server was unstable and didn’t proceed any queries after some time. eAccelerator is working without any problems. Anyway, lets go

Configure PHP build enviroment

  • Download and install Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition
  • Download and install Windows SDK 6.1
  • Create C:\php-sdk
  • Download and unpack sdk-binary-tools to C:\php-sdk
  • open the “windows sdk 6.1 shell” (available in Start menu) and type following commands, don’t close the shell
setenv /x86 /xp /release
cd c:\php-sdk\
bin\phpsdk_buildtree.bat php53dev
  • Download php 5.3.10 sources and unpack it to C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86, so you get a new folder C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10
  • Download php libs and unpack it to C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\deps

Build APC

  • Download the last APC version and unpack the content of APC-xyz it to C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10\ext\apc
  • Run following commands in the windows sdk shell
cd C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10
configure --enable-apc=shared
nmake php_apc.dll
  • You can find your php_apc.dll in C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10\Release_TS

Build eAccelerator

  • Download the last eAccelerator version and unpack the content of eaccelerator-xyz to C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10\ext\eaccelerator
  • Download php 5.3.10 VC9 thread safe binaries, copy dev/php5ts.lib to C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10
  • Run following commands in the windows sdk shell
cd C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php5.3.10
  • Go to C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php-5.3.10\ext\eaccelerator\win32 and open eAccelerator.dsw with Visual Studio
  • Go to Build - Configuration manager and switch the active solution configuration to release
  • Build the DLL: Build - Build eAccelerator
  • You can find your eAccelerator.dll in C:\php-sdk\php53dev\vc9\x86\php-5.3.10\ext\eaccelerator\win32\Release

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