Cannot start apache2 with php5 due to missing sqlite3

Eric Cronin ecronin at
Wed Mar 14 19:59:08 PDT 2007

> MacPorts philosophy is to not use the system's version of a  
> software package unless absolutely necessary. See the FAQ on the  
> web site. Therefore if software requires sqlite3 it should use the  
> MacPorts version of sqlite3, not the system's version.
> I see with "otool -L /opt/local/apache2/bin/httpd" that on my  
> 10.4.8 PPC system it depends on /usr/lib/libsqlite3.0.dylib. So the  
> apache2 port should be modified to depend on the sqlite3 port and  
> to use that version of sqlite3 instead.
> In the original thread on this topic to which you refer, I thought  
> php5 was causing the problem. But "otool -L /opt/local/bin/php" and  
> "otool -L /opt/local/apache2/modules/" make no mention of  
> a dependency on sqlite3 so I'm now inclined to think it's the  
> apache2 port that needs to be changed, not the php5 port.
> I'm CCing the apache2 port maintainer on this.

As another datapoint, I got bit with this last night after rebooting  
a 10.3.9 server after applying the security update.  My apache2 was  
(and is) linked against the MacPorts sqlite:

         /opt/local/lib/libsqlite3.0.dylib (compatibility version  
9.0.0, current version 9.6.0)

and none of the php libraries seemed to be.  Nevertheless, apache  
would not run until I commented out the AddModule for php and php  
include.  I rebuilt the whole dependency tree several times and I'm  
fairly certain its not an issue due to libsqlite being updated or any  
such thing.  The missing symbols exist in the libsqlite.dylib if I  
dump it with nm, so it seems that the php module is throwing off the  
dynamic linker somehow at runtime.  I wasn't using php for anything  
any more so I just disabled it, I was unable to find a fix.

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