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How are my php extensions loading if there are no extension=* statements in my php.ini? Does it just automatically load everything in my /conf.d/ directory? I can even find the path to /conf.d/ specified in php.ini.

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By default, the php5 packages will automatically pull all configurations in the conf.d directory. I don't remember where in the configurations, but there's a directive to include all configurations in the /etc/php5/conf.d directory. That's why the extension packages such as php5-gd install the libraries, and then also install a conf file to the conf.d directory, then restarts php5, and pulls the data from there.

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I have had to dissect the php5 source package on occasion, I ran into this as a result of my having to dissect the package. – Thomas W. Oct 23 '12 at 14:03

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