If you manage your own root server by yourself this isn’t a problem in most cases. But when you are on a shared hosting server your access is restricted. This means you maybe also have a shell to your server but only with a few commands available.
On a OVH shared hosting server you get a very old version of PHP:
:ovh> php --version PHP 4.4.9 (cgi) (built: Apr 20 2012 18:34:17)
Consider the first digit:
4. This is not even PHP 5.0. Don’t get confused with numbers: 4.4 != 5.4.
which command brings more information:
:ovh> which -a php /usr/local/bin/php
Well, not really. But
ls -la always helps:
:ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php* ls: cannot access /usr/local/bin/php*: No such file or directory
This is because we are on a very restricted server.
Doing it manually:
:ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php lrwxrwxrwx 1 root staff 10 Apr 16 22:42 /usr/local/bin/php -> php.ORIG.4 :ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.4 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root staff 14 Apr 24 2012 /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.4 -> php.ORIG.4.4.9 :ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.4.4.9 -rwxr-xr-x+ 1 root root 3551656 Apr 23 2012 /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.4.4.9
So trying it with a
5 instead of
4 brings us the following result:
:ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root staff 12 Jul 20 2012 /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5 -> php.ORIG.5_2 :ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5_2 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root staff 15 Jul 20 2012 /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5_2 -> php.ORIG.5.2.17 :ovh> ls -la /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5.2.17 -rwxr-xr-x+ 1 root root 9818620 Jun 7 2012 /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5.2.17
On a forum page they also wrote that
php.TEST.5 is available:
:ovh> ll /usr/local/bin/php.TEST.5 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root staff 29 Feb 5 16:51 /usr/local/bin/php.TEST.5 -> /usr/local/php5.3/bin/php-cgi
This brought me to
:ovh> ll /usr/local/php5.3/bin/php-cgi -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10586236 Dec 10 18:04 /usr/local/php5.3/bin/php-cgi :ovh> ll /usr/local/php5.4/bin/php-cgi -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10177332 Feb 9 18:25 /usr/local/php5.4/bin/php-cgi :ovh> ll /usr/local/php5.5/bin/php-cgi -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10642868 Feb 9 18:26 /usr/local/php5.5/bin/php-cgi :ovh> ll /usr/local/php5.6/bin/php-cgi -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10874260 Feb 9 18:25 /usr/local/php5.6/bin/php-cgi
For PHP used by the HTTP process you can create a file named
.ovhconfig in your root directory with the following content:
The following versions are available:
In their help OVH wrote that 5.4 is the default but it’s acctually 5.3.
Here are all paths for the shell listed again:
/usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.4 /usr/local/bin/php.ORIG.5 /usr/local/php5.3/bin/php-cgi /usr/local/php5.4/bin/php-cgi /usr/local/php5.5/bin/php-cgi /usr/local/php5.6/bin/php-cgi
-  I translated this with Google Translator. Original link: http://forum.ovh.com/showthread.php?72234-Utiliser-php-5-3-en-CLi