CentOS / Red Hat Linux Install PHP 5.x PECL Filter Extension

Q. How do I install filter extension for safely dealing with input parameters supplied via a web form using filter_var()?

A. This extension is part of PHP Core version 5.20 and above. Unfortunately, RHEL / CentOS comes with PHP version 5.1.6. So you need to install this extension by typing the following commands.

Install php-devel

You need to install php-devel to compile php extensions:
# yum install php-devel

Download php source code

php_pcre.h header file is not includes with php source code 5.1.6, so you need php source code as well. Visit php.net to grab latest version and store to /opt directory. Use lynx and elinks:
# cd /opt
# elinks http://www.php.net/get/php-5.2.6.tar.bz2/from/a/mirror

Save php source to code to disk. Next, extract source code:
# tar -jxvf php-5.2.6.tar.bz2

Download filter extension

Visit pecl extension to grab latest source code for filter:
# cd /opt
# wget http://pecl.php.net/get/filter-0.11.0.tgz

Install filter extension

Unrar file:
# tar -jxvf filter-0.11.0.tgz
# cd filter-0.11.0

Open logical_filters.c file:
# vi logical_filters.c
Find line that read as follows:

#include "ext/pcre/php_pcre.h"

#include "ext/pcre/php_pcre.h"

Change to (the absolute path of php_pcre.h is required):

#include "/opt/php-5.2.6/ext/pcre/php_pcre.h"

#include "/opt/php-5.2.6/ext/pcre/php_pcre.h"

Save and close the file. Finally, type the following commands to compile extension:
# phpize
# ./configure
# make install

Configure Filter Extension

Type the following command:
# echo 'extension=filter.so' > /etc/php.d/filter.ini
Restart httpd:
# service httpd restart

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