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installation stuck on step 2 or step 4 (PHP5)


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When I tried to follow the steps in catalog/install, the pages seemed to "get stuck" without giving any errors or feedback. After searching the forums and bug reports, I pieced the solution together. This seems to be a problem with PHP5. If you get stuck on step 2 where clicking the continue buttons appears to do nothing, then this should help:


In your php.ini file make sure the following are set to On

register_globals = On

register_long_arrays = On


If you get stuck on step 4, when the database is being connected and you see a partially rendered page with "Database Import" at the top:


In your php.ini file, enable the following extension



and make sure you extension director is set correcty

extension_dir = "./ext"


It was suprising to me that a very popular install of Apache2, PHP5, and MySQL produced such a mysterious and frustrating problem without any mention in the install instructions.

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