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Speed-up your PHP based websites using Zend Optimizer on a CentOS 6 VPS

In the following article we will guide you through the steps on how to install and set-up Zend Optimizer on a CentOS 6 Linux VPS.

Installing Zend OPcache will significantly boost your website’s speed and performance.

 

How is Zend OPcache able to speed up my website?

The Zend OPcache provides faster PHP execution through opcode caching and optimization. It improves PHP performance by storing pre-compiled script byte-code in shared memory.  This eliminates the stages of reading code from disk and compiling it on future access. In addition, it applies a few byte-code optimization patterns that make code execution faster.

Note that this version of Zend OPcache is compatible with PHP 5.2.x, 5.3.x, 5.4.x and PHP-5.5. PHP 5.2 support may be removed in the future though.

UPDATE THE SYSTEM

Before going any further, make sure a screen session is in place and check if your CentOS 6 linux vps is fully up-to-date by running:

## screen -U -S zend-screen
## yum update

INSTALL GIT

Install git so you’re able to clone Zend Optimizer in your Linux VPS

## yum install git

SET-UP BUILD DIRECTORY

create /opt/build build directory using mkdir

## mkdir -p /opt/build

CLONE ZEND OPTIMIZER REPOSITORY

Fetch Zend Optimizer from Github using git in /opt/build/zend-opcache and navigate there

## git clone https://github.com/zendtech/ZendOptimizerPlus.git /opt/build/zend-opcache
## cd /opt/build/zend-opcache

INSTALL REQUIRED BUILD PACKAGES

Install the required packages needed to successfully build Zend Opcache on the CentOS 6 system.

## yum install php-devel gcc

PREPARE, COMPILE AND INSTALL THE PACKAGE

prepare the extension for compiling using the phpize command

## phpize

configure the sources using the following command

## ./configure --with-php-config=$(which php-config)

compile the sources using the command below

## make

install opcache.so into PHP extension directory

## make install

once installed, load the Zend opcache extension by adding the following to /etc/php.d/opcache.ini

## vim /etc/php.d/opcache.ini

zend_extension=/usr/lib/php/modules/opcache.so
opcache.memory_consumption=128
opcache.interned_strings_buffer=8
opcache.max_accelerated_files=4000
opcache.revalidate_freq=60
opcache.fast_shutdown=1
opcache.enable_cli=1

APPLY THE CHANGES

restart for the change to take effect
if using apache:

## service httpd restart

if using php-fpm

## service php-fpm restart

verify Zend opcache is enabled using

## php -v

or create sample info.php file within your domain’s public document root containing the following

<?php 
    phpinfo();

open it in your browser and search for ‘Zend OPcache’


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  • Ik receive the follow: [root@vps zend-opcache]# php -v PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/apc.so' - /usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/apc.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0 PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/memcache.so' - /usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/memcache.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0 PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/apc.so' - /usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/apc.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0 PHP 5.4.45 (cli) (built: Dec 2 2015 12:19:02) Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group Zend Engine v2.4.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies [root@vps zend-opcache]#

  • Hello, thanks for your articles first. on centos 6.6,php 5.3.3, i tried your instructions and before running 'make install', i tried 'make test'. i got one test failed. the message is below. ===================================================================== FAILED TEST SUMMARY --------------------------------------------------------------------- Test that script cached info is correct [tests/is_script_cached.phpt] ===================================================================== i'm not sure if i can continue for 'make install'.