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Patch Existing PHP Web Server to Make it NetWare Compatible

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By Florian Deckert

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Posted: 10 Nov 2005

In my last two tips I explained how to replicate a Web server and a MySQL database from a Linux box to a NetWare Box:

But what is going to happened if you replicate a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) server to a NAMP server (NetWare ...) ?

Even if NetWare PHP is mostly Linux compatible, there are tiny differences in some functions that unless being patched will not render alike on NetWare:

-Path might be different
from /srv/www/htdocs to vol1:/web

-setlocale needs different localisation
from setlocal (LC_ALL, 'fr');
setlocale(LC_ALL, 'fr-FR');
\$loc = setlocale(LC_TIME, NULL);

-strftime displays accents UTF8 encoded where linux displays ISO9660 encoded accents:
from strftime ("%B")
to utf8_decode(strftime ("%B"))

The following scripts will automatically patch an existing PHP web server to make it NetWare compatible.

So if you want to replicate an LAMP server you can now do the 3 following actions:

  • replicate the web files (see my first tips)
  • replicate the mysql database (see my second tip)
  • patch the PHP files


## AVOID any "(" or ")" in the regular expressions, use instead "."

# web server root folder
my $path = "vol1:/web";

#strings to replace in the PHP code
#use a priority replacement policy, 
#the lower the first number, the first being patched
my %replace = (
	"0/srv/www/htdocs" => 
	"" => 
	'0function show_menu_top' => 
		'require_once "";function  show_menu_top ',
	'0method="POST" action="/templates' => 
		'method="POST" action="/templates',
	"0setlocale .LC_ALL, 'fr_FR'.;" => 
		"setlocale(LC_ALL, 'fr-FR');   \$loc = setlocale(LC_TIME, NULL);",
	'0ucfirst.strftime ."%B"..' => 
		'ucfirst(utf8_decode(strftime ("%B")))',

use vars qw(%replace);
use vars qw($path);



# FUNCTION   fixFile
sub fixFile ($$)
 	my ($filename, $hr_doit) = @_; 

	my $newfile = "$"; 
	my $line;
	my $count=0;
	my @new;
	#replace keys in the file
 	open (FILE, $filename);
	while ($line = ) {
		#test each key
		foreach my $ka (sort keys %$hr_doit) {
			my $k = substr ($ka, 1);
			my $v = $hr_doit->{$ka};
			if ($line =~ /$k/i) {
				$line =~ s/$k/$v/gi;
		push @new, $line;
	close (FILE);
	#delete temp file if no modification
	if ($count > 0) {
		open (FILE_NEW, ">$newfile");
		foreach (@new) {
			print FILE_NEW $_;
		close (FILE_NEW);
		my $back = "$filename.bak";
		unlink ($back);
		rename ($filename, $back);
		rename ($newfile, $filename);

		print "$filename\n";

# FUNCTION   fixFile
sub fixFiles ($$$)
 	my ($folder, $pattern, $hr_doit) = @_; 

	opendir DIR, $folder;
	my @files = readdir(DIR);
	closedir DIR;
	foreach my $file (@files) {
		my $p = "$folder/$file";
		if (-d $p) {
			fixFiles ($p, $pattern, $hr_doit);
		} else {
			next if ($file =~ /\.bak/);
			if ($file =~ /\.$pattern$/) {
				fixFile ($p, $hr_doit);

sub Main 
	#patch *.php and *.inc files
	fixFiles ($path, "php", \%replace);
	fixFiles ($path, "inc", \%replace);

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