php_printer 5.5.11 Working!

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php_printer 5.5.11 Working!

Postby pylonx » 24. June 2014 23:31

Hello, Apache Friends, and Friends of Apache Friends,

I'm one of the IT crew for a chain of sporting goods retail stores. And I am also lucky enough to get to code php from time to time for miscellaneous applications for our business. I have nearly no experience compiling anything. I was able to rebuild the php_printer.dll for 5.4.7 with all your help here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=53348 . So, this is my attempt to reperform this task for 5.5.11

Xampp: 1.8.3
PHP 5.5.11
Windows Server 2012 R2 64bit
Windows 7 Pro 64bit

The guide I Heavily used in this process:

I downloaded the Express Version of Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop. Also Installed it on my Windows Server 2012 Machine.
Link (2014-06-24): ... x?id=34673

Then I downloaded one of the PhP snapshots (I did nothing with this yet)
Link (2014-06-24):
I wasn't sure which, Not experienced so I went with "php5.5-201406241830.tar.gz"

I downloaded from
I unpacked this file into the c:\php-sdk folder I had just created.

I then Went to the start screen and typed
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VS2012 x86 Native Tools Command Prompt

When the application popped up I opened it. And Proceeded with the following instructions:
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cd c:\php-sdk\
bin\phpsdk_buildtree.bat phpdev

I opened the php-sdk\phpdev folder expecting to see vc11 but only see vc6, vc8 and vc9. So, already feeling like this is going to fail. I just create a vc11 folder in hopes that something awesome will happen. Then I coppied the content of vc9 to the vc11 folder as they just seemed like skelleton place older folders.

I unpacked the php5.5-201406241830.tar.gz I downloaded earlier with 7zip and loaded it into C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86

So it looked like : C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\php5.5-201406241830\
I am suspecting that I should just unload the content of php5.5-201406241830 into the x86 folder. But trying not to assume anything just yet.

I then download the following from

Trying the x86 version first, again feeling like I'm flying blind. I unloaded it into deps folder this time not doing x86\deps\deps\~ but x86\deps\~.

I remembered from last time I tried doing this that I had to grab the printer files

And from last time I know I needed to change something in the printer.c file
"Open 'printer.c' and replace all instances of 'pval' with 'zval' and it should compile."

I put those files into C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\php5.5-201406241830\ext\printer

I then proceeded with the following code commands in the "VS2012 x86 Native Tools Command Prompt"
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cd c:\php-sdk\phpdev\vcXX\x86\php5.5-201406241830
configure --enable-printer=shared

It returned with Unknown option enable-cli. So, I removed that and tried again.
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c:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\php5.5-201406241830>configure --disable-all --enable-
Saving configure options to config.nice.bat
Checking for cl.exe ...  <in default path>
  Detected compiler MSVC11 (Visual C++ 2012)
  Detected 32-bit compiler
Checking for link.exe ...  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\V
Checking for nmake.exe ...  <in default path>
Checking for lib.exe ...  <in default path>
Checking for bison.exe ...  <not found>
ERROR: bison is required

I did a quick google search and found: ... mpile-php/

and downloaded bison and flex ... ... in-zip.php

No idea where to put them I looked for where nmake.exe was located on my c:\ and found it in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\bin

So I unloaded both my downloaded zips into that folder respectively and hoping beyond hope that everything plays nice.

And BAM:
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c:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\php5.5-201406241830>configure --enable-printer=shared

Saving configure options to config.nice.bat
Checking for cl.exe ...  <in default path>
  Detected compiler MSVC11 (Visual C++ 2012)
  Detected 32-bit compiler
Checking for link.exe ...  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\V
Checking for nmake.exe ...  <in default path>
Checking for lib.exe ...  <in default path>
Checking for bison.exe ...  <in default path>
Checking for re2c.exe ...  <not found>
Parsers will not be regenerated
Checking for zip.exe ...  <not found>
Checking for lemon.exe ...  <not found>
Checking for mc.exe ...  C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\bin\x86
Checking for mt.exe ...  C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\bin\x86

Build dir: Release_TS
PHP Core:  php5ts.dll and php5ts.lib

Checking for wspiapi.h ...  <in default path>
Enabling IPv6 support
Enabling SAPI sapi\cgi
Enabling SAPI sapi\cli
Enabling extension ext\bcmath
Enabling extension ext\calendar
Checking for library oleaut32.lib ... <in LIB path> OleAut32.Lib
Enabling extension ext\com_dotnet
Checking for mscoree.h ...  <in default path>
Enabling extension ext\ctype
Enabling extension ext\date
Enabling extension ext\ereg
Enabling extension ext\filter
Enabling extension ext\ftp
Checking for library libjpeg_a.lib;libjpeg.lib ... ..\deps\lib\libjpeg_a.lib
Checking for library freetype_a.lib;freetype.lib ... ..\deps\lib\freetype_a.lib
Checking for library libpng_a.lib;libpng.lib ... ..\deps\lib\libpng_a.lib
Checking for gd.h ...  ext\gd\libgd
Checking for png.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include\libpng15
Checking for library libiconv_a.lib;libiconv.lib ... ..\deps\lib\libiconv_a.lib
Checking for iconv.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include
Checking for library libXpm_a.lib ... ..\deps\lib\libxpm_a.lib
Checking for xpm.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include\X11
Checking for library T1_StaticMD.lib ... <not found>
WARNING: t1lib not enabled; libraries and headers not found

Checking for library vpxmt.lib ... ..\deps\lib\vpxmt.lib
Checking for vp8.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include\vpx
Checking for library User32.lib ... <in LIB path> User32.Lib
Checking for library Gdi32.lib ... <in LIB path> Gdi32.Lib
Enabling extension ext\gd [shared]
Enabling extension ext\hash
Checking for library libiconv_a.lib ... ..\deps\lib\libiconv_a.lib
Checking for iconv.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include
Enabling extension ext\iconv
Enabling extension ext\json
Checking for library ws2_32.lib ... <in LIB path> WS2_32.Lib
Enabling extension ext\mysqlnd
Checking for library odbc32.lib ... <in LIB path> odbc32.lib
Checking for library odbccp32.lib ... <in LIB path> odbccp32.lib
Checking for sql.h ...  <in default path>
Checking for sqlext.h ...  <in default path>
Enabling extension ext\odbc
Enabling extension ext\opcache [shared]
Enabling extension ext\pcre
Checking for library winspool.lib ... <in LIB path> WinSpool.Lib
Checking for library gdi32.lib ... <in LIB path> Gdi32.Lib
Enabling extension ext\printer [shared]
Enabling extension ext\reflection
Enabling extension ext\session
Enabling extension ext\spl
Checking for timelib_config.h ...  ext/date/lib
Enabling extension ext\standard
Enabling extension ext\tokenizer
Checking for zlib.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include
Enabling extension ext\zip
Checking for library zlib_a.lib;zlib.lib ... ..\deps\lib\zlib_a.lib
Checking for zlib.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include
Enabling extension ext\zlib
Checking for library libxml2_a_dll.lib;libxml2_a.lib ... ..\deps\lib\libxml2_a_d
Checking for library libiconv_a.lib;iconv_a.lib;libiconv.lib;iconv.lib ... ..\de
Checking for libxml/parser.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include
Enabling extension ext\libxml
Enabling extension ext\dom
Enabling extension ext\phar
        Native OpenSSL support in Phar disabled
Enabling extension ext\simplexml
Enabling extension ext\wddx
Checking for timelib_config.h ...  ext/date/lib
Enabling extension ext\xml
Enabling extension ext\xmlreader
Checking for libxml/xmlwriter.h ...  C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\deps\include
Enabling extension ext\xmlwriter

Creating build dirs...
Generating files...
Generating Makefile
Generating main/internal_functions.c
Generating main/config.w32.h
Generating phpize

Enabled extensions:
| Extension  | Mode   |
| bcmath     | static |
| calendar   | static |
| com_dotnet | static |
| ctype      | static |
| date       | static |
| dom        | static |
| ereg       | static |
| filter     | static |
| ftp        | static |
| gd         | shared |
| hash       | static |
| iconv      | static |
| json       | static |
| libxml     | static |
| mysqlnd    | static |
| odbc       | static |
| opcache    | shared |
| pcre       | static |
| phar       | static |
| printer    | shared |
| reflection | static |
| session    | static |
| simplexml  | static |
| spl        | static |
| standard   | static |
| tokenizer  | static |
| wddx       | static |
| xml        | static |
| xmlreader  | static |
| xmlwriter  | static |
| zip        | static |
| zlib       | static |

Enabled SAPI:
| Sapi Name |
| cgi       |
| cli       |

|               |                          |
| Build type    | Release                  |
| Thread Safety | Yes                      |
| Compiler      | MSVC11 (Visual C++ 2012) |
| Architecture  | x86                      |

Type 'nmake' to build PHP


So, I checked out the "C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\php5.5-201406241830\Release_TS\ext" directory and found the printer folder. However it was empty.

I realized I forgot to nmake
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Watching it go through all the .c files trying to watch for printer or php_printer. I gave up and just let it run.

While letting it run I forgot I had problems last time with the php version. I checked the old notes and found that I really do neet to be nitpicky about the version of php I use. ... _php=14569

I then grapped PHP 5.5.11 to match the php version in the Xampp I am using. I will be putting it in the C:\php-sdk\phpdev\vc11\x86\ folder and re-run the rest of the steps.

I do see that there is a php_printer.dll in the Release_TS folder. So, I know it is mostly working now.

Going back to do all the above steps with the correct php build version. I will let you know how it turns out. I hope this will succeed and be helpful for others. I will reply to this post if I have an issue and add a link to the finished php_printer.dll for 5.5.11 if I get it working. Done working on this project for today. Not enough time to finish and test. Will reply to this post with my results tomorrow.

Thank you!
Last edited by pylonx on 30. October 2014 16:50, edited 2 times in total.
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Joined: 19. October 2010 19:02
Operating System: Win7, WinSrv2012, XAMPP5.6.8

Re: php_printer Trial and Error.

Postby pylonx » 25. June 2014 22:04

Added php-5.5.11 into the x86 folder
Added the printer folder+files into the php-5.5.11\ext directory

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cd c:\php-sdk\phpdev\vcXX\x86\php-5.5.11
configure --enable-printer=shared

Will test the PHP_PRINTER.dll soon.
Posts: 21
Joined: 19. October 2010 19:02
Operating System: Win7, WinSrv2012, XAMPP5.6.8

Re: php_printer Trial and Error.

Postby pylonx » 30. October 2014 16:49

Tested and working for 5.5.11
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Operating System: Win7, WinSrv2012, XAMPP5.6.8

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