How to install ionCube loader Published: Mar 19, 2004
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Red Hat's product line will be dropped by ending support for its products - what will you do as a webhost and what are other options?

Red Hat's product line will be dropped by ending support for its products - what will you do as a webhost and what are other options? Well they don't look that bright if you're using a control panel that relies heavily on the Red Hat OS as many web hosts do.

End of Life for Older Releases
From Red Hat's website:
Red Hat's policy for Red Hat Linux distributions is to provide maintenance for at least 12 months. At certain times, Red Hat may extend errata maintenance for certain popular releases of the operating system. End of Life dates for errata maintenance for currently supported products are listed below:
Basically all support and maintenance for these products will end on the following dates.

Red Hat Linux 9 (Shrike) April 30, 2004
Red Hat Linux 8.0 (Psyche) December 31, 2003
Red Hat Linux 7.3 (Valhalla) December 31, 2003
Red Hat Linux 7.2 (Enigma) December 31, 2003
Red Hat Linux 7.1 (Seawolf) December 31, 2003

New Options?
What we have now are two lines, which you can term commercial (Enterprise) and developer (Fedora). The strategy for the Enterprise line has been pretty clear for some time now; it's the paid-for line that started with high end products but which has expanded downwards to smaller servers and workstation. It makes money, and 'buy workstation' is what Szulik tells us the people who'd been previously buying RHL should do in the future (although as we suggested earlier on, he didn't make it entirely clear how close that future actually was).

Fedora - What is That?
While Fedora remains a nice option for you desktop, what about servers? I don't see to many Control Panel companies rushing out to support Fedora... I guess that's why they release the Enterprise edition but there's a big catch and it has to do with your wallet. Fedora is pulling out of RHL Red Hat has given Fedora a major credibility hill to climb.

Fedora is the free, development strand of the Red Hat offering, "sponsored" by Red Hat but intended to be out there in the community with support almost entirely from the community. It will have a release cycle of two to three a year, and Szulik puts it more bracingly than that still. "Anyone can put a package in so long as they maintain it," and fixes will "just roll forward to the next version," so it'll ship when it's done and keep shipping. It is therefore being pitched as a fast-moving, cutting edge line that's in continued development, and in that sense could be seen as a possible techie heaven.

Fedora's development and release cycles and its support mechanisms clearly aren't going to be any kind of answer for people who want to run a business on Linux, whereas Enterprise's more sedate cycles, support model and product lifespan are. This is certainly a convenient piece of ringfencing for Red Hat, but you can't really count it as entirely deliberate. Businesses want long, defined lifecycles, clear roadmaps, support, while enthusiasts want fast development, so the convenience factor is built into the two logical answers Red Hat has come up with.

The Enterprise Product Line
The Enterprise line is sold by annual subscription in 3 flavours, Enterprise WS ($179),  Linux ES ($349) and Enterprise AS ($1499). The Enterprise AS edition also has 2 choices, Standard or Premium where the Premium comes with more technical support from Red Hat and you'll definately pay for it at $2499.
Let's go into detail about each of the Enterprise Editions and see what they have under the hood.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS
This version is basically useless to anyone other than desktop users. It doesn't have any server applications and highlights the following:

Capabilities
Desktop Productivity:
Mail
Document Processing
Browsing
Instant Messaging

This pretty much makes the WS version useless for anyone trying to run a server, it's geared more towards workstations.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES
Now this flavour is actually geared more towards a server OS whereas the WS version is just a low end desktop system and shouldn't even be part of the "Enterprise" product line. "Core operating system and networking infrastructure for a wide range of entry-level and departmental server applications. It is ideally suited for network, file, print, mail, Web, and custom or packaged business applications."

Capabilities

  • Mail
  • File (SMB/NFS)
  • Print
  • Accelerated Web (tux)
  • Advanced Firewall (arptables)
  • Extended Remote Shell Access/Mgmt
  • DHCP
  • DNS Nameserver
  • Network Authentication (Kerberos)
  • News
  • Backup
  • Dump Server (Netdump)
  • Directory Server (LDAP)
  • SSL
  • Remote Boot/Image Server

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS
    This is this largest enterprise Linux solution. "It supports the largest commodity-architecture servers with up to 16 CPUs and 64GB** of main memory and is available with the highest levels of support. This makes Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS the ultimate solution for large departmental and datacenter servers."

    Capabilities
  • Mail
  • File (SMB/NFS)
  • Print
  • Accelerated Web (tux)
  • Advanced Firewall (arptables)
  • Extended Remote Shell Access/Mgmt
  • DHCP
  • DNS Nameserver
  • Network Authentication (Kerberos)
  • News
  • Backup
  • Dump Server (Netdump)
  • Directory Server (LDAP)
  • SSL
  • Remote Boot/Image Server

    Control Panels - Cpanel support
    We're all here wondering what are we going to do and better yet, what are our control panels going to support?
    Currently listed on Cpanel's website (Nov 4, 2003) the following support status was provided.
    Cpanel OS Support
    Cpanel OS Support Continued

    I don't see anything about "Fedora" or "Red Hat Enterprise" versions listed.
    There's no point in upgrading to the Enterprise line is Cpanel doesn't support it, so we asked Joshua Shaffer from Cpanel.

    WHG: Can you please give me information on if Cpanel will support the Red Hat
    Enterprise product line and any information on the Enterprise support and if
    you will also support Fedora?

    Cpanel - Joshua: "We will be supporting both RedHat Enterprise and Fedora at the end of the year."

    Well this is great news for Cpanel users, I'd just like to say thanks to Joshua for a speedy response as well :)


    Control Panels - Ensim support
    After asking Cpanel we thought we should ask the other big player in Linux control panels, Ensim, and see what they were willing to share with us.

    WHG: Can you please give me information on if Ensim Web Appliance will support the Red Hat
    Enterprise product line and any information on the Enterprise support and if
    you will also support Fedora?

    Ensim - Sheetal: "Ref to your query over the same, please be informed that, at present, Ensim WEBppliance Pro support Redhat 7.3. It does not support any other distribution of the same. Ensim does not support the Redhat Enterprise product range as well as Fedora."

    Well there you have it folks, currently Ensim does not support any other version of Red Hat except 7.3. This doesn't sound promising for anyone who actually wishes to keep their server updated and secure.

    Other Linux OS options?
    Well it might be time to move away from Red Hat because there are other distributions that are counting on Red Hat's large gap between Fedora and their Enterprise line, think grand canyon :)
    Cpanel doesn't officially say it will support the Enterprise line on their website but they do support FreeBSD as a stable version and others are in BETA development such as Debain. SUSE is no longer an option since aquired by Novell?

    I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out but at this time the best looking options would be Red Hat Enterprise ES if you would like to stick with the Red Hat distribution, otherwise take a look at FreeBSD and Debian - it's always nice to have other options.


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    Comments (14)

    • Gravatar - KDU
      KDU 14:24, January 12, 2005
      Dear sir,Let say i am renting web hosting with some company. I didnt have root access.. but i have ssh access instead cpanel. Is there anyway for me install ioncube?
    • Gravatar - Justin
      Justin 11:04, March 8, 2006
      They should have it installed, it's default for most. I just asked my web hosting company and they did it for me.
    • Gravatar - serviceTech
      serviceTech 06:12, March 26, 2006
      I get this error on restarting apache:<br />
      <br />
      Failed loading /usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.4.so: /usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.4.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory<br />
      <br />
      The path is correct and the said file is present.<br />
      <br />
      Any ideas?<br />
    • Gravatar - norman
      norman 15:08, July 7, 2006
      You have the wrong version of the loaders installed. You either put in the 32 bit or the 64 bit version and you need the other.
    • Gravatar - shan
      shan 14:44, December 13, 2006
      "Paste in your new line for ioncube loader<br />
      zend_extension= /usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.3.so"<br />
      <br />
      this line<br />
      zend_extension=/usr/local/ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_4.3.so"<br />
      must be the first line before the other zend_extensions
    • Gravatar - John
      John 17:09, April 11, 2007
      This tutorial is a little dated - the names of files have changed slightly.
    • Gravatar - nate
      nate 19:10, May 14, 2007
      I seem to be getting stuck at the last part. When I go to http://www.myhost.com/ioncube/ioncube-install-assistant.php I am told that the file has been encoded with ionCube. Isn't this the file that's supposed to help you with that? Thanks!
    • Gravatar - Siavash
      Siavash 03:08, January 21, 2008
      Dear Admin<br />
      <br />
      I want to setup this moudle on the localhost<br />
      help me
    • Gravatar - compassrose
      compassrose 23:09, February 16, 2009
      The instructions provided by ioncube and this forum were correct to a point. Perhaps I have an unusual WAMP Server 2.0 installation but the loader failed consistently despite numerous attempts to place the dll file in various directories (per instructions.)<br />
      <br />
      On a hunch, I finally copied the appropriate dll (ioncube_loader_win_XXX.dll) into the apache directory: [drive letter]:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.8\bin<br />
      <br />
      I then edited the php.ini file and added the following modified line: zend_extension_ts = "[driver letter]:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.8\bin\ioncube_loader_win_XXX.dll" in the location recommended by ioncube, et al. No more errors and the module appears to be working.<br />
      <br />
      Hope this helps others.
    • Gravatar - Madiemax
      Madiemax 23:14, December 12, 2009
      Thanks Compassrose. Follow you directions for localhost and works fine. Well done!
    • Gravatar - Hector
      Hector 07:27, February 23, 2010
      How can disable the loader or be able to see the php coding so I can introduce cahanges to my web site
    • Gravatar - DNN
      DNN 23:30, March 17, 2011
      I am having trouble with the ioncube loader wizard script and how to properly do the SSH commands on my own. What I am trying to do is get the ioncube loader working, so that I can login to my administrative control panel. I've uploaded the site properly and everything else, but my server tells me I need ioncubeloader 5.0.2_so and it's not working...


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