How to install Nginx with PHP and MySql support on wheezy

Nginx is an open source reverse proxy server, load balancer, HTTP cache, and a web server. The Nginx project started with a strong focus on high concurrency, high performance and low memory usage. Users have been moving to Nginx because of the high performance and stability and as of February 2014, Nginx is hosting around 15% of all web servers according to Netcraft’s Web Server Survey.

In this tutorial we’ll cover install and configuring Nginx, PHP (with PHP-FPM) and MySql server.

1. Install MySql server

apt-get install mysql-server
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Installing sSMTP MTA (Mail Transfer Agent)

sSMTP is an extremely simple MTA to get mail off the system to a mail hub. It contains no suid-binaries or other dangerous things – no mail spool to poke around in, and no daemons running in the background. Mail is simply forwarded to the configured mailhost. Extremely easy configuration.

This is ideal for web servers to avoid running MTA daemons like sendmail, Exim and Postfix which use up resources on the server.

1. Install sSMTP (Note: Any previously installed MTA will be removed)

apt-get install ssmtp
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Installing eAccelerator

eAccelerator is a free open-source PHP accelerator & optimizer. It increases the performance of PHP scripts by caching them in their compiled state, so that the overhead of compiling is almost completely eliminated. It also optimizes scripts to speed up their execution. eAccelerator typically reduces server load and increases the speed of your PHP code by 1-10 times.

eAccelerator only works with mod_php or php in fastcgi mode. It can’t be used in cgi or cli because eAccelerator needs to set up shared memory, and this can only be done when all php instances that need to access it are forks of the first process.

1. Download the eAccelerator source. The latest version is mirrored on as it’s not available on the official site anymore.

cd /tmp
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Install and configure MailWatch monitoring tool for MailScanner

MailWatch for MailScanner is a web-based front-end to MailScanner written in PHP, MySQL and JpGraph. It comes with a CustomConfig module for MailScanner which causes MailScanner to log all message data (excluding body text) to a MySQL database which is then queried by MailWatch for reporting and statistics.

1. Install Apache2, MySql server and PHP5 with required modules. You may already have some or all of these packages installed.

apt-get install apache2 php5-cli php5 mysql-server libdbd-mysql-perl php5-gd php5-mysql libapache2-mod-php5
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Install XCache

XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load. It overcomes a lot of problems that has been with other competing opcachers such as being able to be used with new PHP versions.

1. Installing the XCache package

apt-get install php5-xcache
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Installing Zend Optimizer


This tutorial is for older Debian versions and may not work for current versions. Please refer to the links below to find a newer tutorial.

The Zend Optimizer enables you to run Zend Guard encoded files.

1. Download a copy of Zend Optimizer / Guard from the location below and put it into /tmp
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