I've done the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5-5.6
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install php5
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5.6
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/apache2

When I try to disable the old version of php5 with:

sudo phpdismod php5

I get the error: WARNING: Module php5 ini file doesn't exist under /etc/php/5.6/mods-available

Even if I move the ini file under this directory it gives me the same error. I don't know what I'm missing??

In general, can someone explain to me how to get my instance to use the newly installed version, as I still seem to have both php directory trees on my instance. php5/.. and php/5.6

  • i think your upgrade not complete , you can check this link is how to upgrade devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/prereq/… – Mohamed Slama May 23 '16 at 2:06
  • Thank you for the link! I followed but when I run phpinfo() from a test file in my directory it still shows that I'm running version 5.5.9. However, when I do php -v from terminal it says PHP 5.6.21-9+dontate.sury.org~trusty+1, so it seems like 5.6 is installed correctly. Any ideas how to get my application to run the right version? – Scott May 23 '16 at 2:50
  • if terminal write 5.6 it should work with 5.6 – Mohamed Slama May 23 '16 at 2:56
  • restart if not working correctly check if the problem with code – Mohamed Slama May 23 '16 at 3:00
  • It's not running 5.6 for some reason. It's like I need to change something in the apache config file to get the application to use the new version, but I don't know how. – Scott May 23 '16 at 3:11

You are mixing different PPAs and versions and commands in incompatible way, let's break it down:

  1. libapache2-mod-php5.6 is present in ppa:ondrej/php and this is really the PPA you want to be using

  2. phpdismod is a command for disabling PHP extensions, and not to manage Apache2 modules, you need a2dismod for that

  3. The PHP Apache2 module in ppa:ondrej/php5-5.6 is named libapache2-mod-php5

So the correct would be:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get purge php5-common # remove and purge old PHP 5.x packages
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5.6

If you don't uninstall php5-* packages first, you need to disable the php5 module and enable php5.6 module:

sudo a2dismod php5
sudo a2enmod php5.6

And optionally add Apache2 repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/apache2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

There's a migrationg guide available for PPA packages.

  • Make SURE to also install any additional php modules you were using (mysql), as this one comes only with the bare basics. – Captain Hypertext Dec 15 '16 at 7:35
  • You may also require: sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php sudo apt-get install php-curl php-dev php-gd php-json php-mcrypt php-mysql php-readline php-sqlite3 – Amil Waduwawara Mar 25 '17 at 15:13

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