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Thread: CLI PHP w/CURL support?

  1. #1
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    Nov 2012

    Question CLI PHP w/CURL support?

    I wanted to write a little XML fetcher/parser that I'll launch via cron. on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I wanted to use CLI PHP and curl, since I'm familiar with it and already have scripts running that do similar tasks on webservers I maintain.

    I only need PHP support via CLI, I won't be using a browser, so Im thinking I dont need Apache, but it also seems that the PHP5-curl package does not provide curl access to the php-cli package...

    Anyone had any luck using curl via a CLI php script? If so, what do I need to do ?

    oh, ps I also prefer curl over the XML & simpleXML function methods since curl can easily navigate the proxy servers I am likely to be dealing with.

    Any insights would be greatly apreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: CLI PHP w/CURL support?


    There's no need to use Apache for a script running from the CLI.

    (note... personally, I prefer to use Python for these sort of scripts, as there are so many libraries (eg. BeautifulSoup[1] for XML parsing) to make the tasks easier.)

    1. Curl in PHP needs to be installed before you can use it:
    sudo apt-get install php5-curl
    then you can use it according to the documentation on the manual [2]

    2. Parsing the XML you get from curl:

    Now you have the XML from the curl request, this is the point where you need to process it with something like SimpleXML [3]


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2012

    Re: CLI PHP w/CURL support?

    sadly I dont know python, although I suppose it is time I tear into it.

    And yes I have installed the package you mention, although I think I yanked it and installed php-cli thinking that was the solution. Both gave the same result in that CLI launched PHP scripts complain of a missing curl function. I'm away from my system now, but I'll double check shortly.

    thanks for you input

  4. #4
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    Nov 2012

    Re: CLI PHP w/CURL support?

    Ok, it does appear to work, I get no more errors regarding missing curl function,, although I have yet to actually fetch and parse.

    Anyway, in case some one else has similar problems, I have installed

    php5 php5-common, php5-curl and php5-cli all v. 5.3.10

    I think maybe the fix was installing the cli package AFTER I already had PHP with curl support installed, because that's the only thing I recall doing differently from my previous attempts..

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