Enabling the use of PHP5 by default in the shell

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This enables you to use PHP5 by default instead of PHP4 when running PHP scripts

  • Edit your ".bashrc" using your favorite editor. Add the following line:
export PATH=/usr/local/php5/bin:$PATH
  • Edit your ".bash_profile" file. Look for something like (note the space between the two periods):
". .bashrc"

If that does NOT exist, add this to the end of the file.

if [ -r .bashrc ] ; then
  . .bashrc
  • In the shell type "which php" and you should see "/usr/local/php5/bin/php"