RE: PHP Scripts and Oracle instantclient

From: Goulet, Richard <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 23:35:45 -0400
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        There is a way to link PHP and the Oracle Instant client, but I have not gotten it to work, yet. The easier thing to do is load a full client with the OCI libraries. Should not be a cost issue, since clients are not licensed, but it will burn more disk space.

Dick Goulet
Senior Oracle DBA/NA Team Lead
PAREXEL International

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Martin McCormick Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 3:25 PM To:
Subject: PHP Scripts and Oracle instantclient

I an very glad to now be on the list so I can show my ignorance to the entire world. Thanks to all those who solved the technical problems that kept a few of us from being able to request posting permission.

        I installed sqlplus on a ubuntu system via the Oracle linux-instantclient and it appears to be working in that I can now connect to the Oracle database we need on a remote server. The instantclient software will run oracle scripts but what I have on hand are some php scripts that use embedded oci commands to execute the Oracle commands. Here is part of a script:

//open connection to database

 //Get The sysdate from database
$sql = "Select to_char (sysdate, 'MM/DD/YYYY HH:Mi AM') as date1 from
$stmt = ociparse($conn,$sql);

while (ocifetch($stmt)){

        $update_timestamp = ociresult($stmt, "DATE1"); }
//close the connection to the database
$cursor = ora_open($ora_conn); // Create a cursor
$pin_processed = 'Y';

snip _________________

	These scripts were transplanted from a Windows system
and the php it ran speaks oci_x commands. If you install the native php5 package in Linux, it just errors out because it doesn't know this business about oci.:-)

        You can apparently make php know this by getting the sources and building from source in an environment that has the right Oracle libraries. This makes life harder each time there is an upgrade.

        Is it possible to use sqlplus to do the Oracle data manipulation and then php to transport data from one system to another?

        We are basically gathering data from the Oracle server, examining and updating certain fields, and then copying data to yet another system. The only Oracle part is to access the Pinnacle 6 server that has the Oracle data base.

        If this all sounds confusing, I am not yet familiar with either Oracle or php but having to make a special build of php each time sounds like a recipe for trouble. After you get something like that working once, people start to depend on it and you are just one upgrade away from dead in the water and who knows why?

        sqlplus appears to work fine and native php also works and if we can divide and concur, life should be a little less on the bleeding edge.

        Any thoughts are much appreciated and, if I am wrong about php under Linux, I want to know that also.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ Stillwater, OK Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Department Telecommunications Services Group


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