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Can I use PECL extensions with alternative PHP implementations like HHVM or PHP-NG?

Hey everyone,

I've been using PHP for a while now, and recently I've heard about alternative PHP implementations like HHVM and PHP-NG. I'm quite intrigued by their performance and optimization benefits. However, one thing I'm not entirely sure about is whether I can use PECL extensions with these alternative implementations.

I have a project in mind which requires the use of a specific PECL extension. Since PECL extensions are usually developed for the official PHP distribution, I'm not sure if they are compatible with alternative implementations like HHVM or PHP-NG. Can someone shed some light on this for me?

I'd appreciate any insights or experiences you can share. Thanks in advance!

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Hey there,

I recently experimented with PHP-NG and its compatibility with PECL extensions. From my personal experience, I encountered some challenges when attempting to use certain PECL extensions with PHP-NG.

PHP-NG, being a newer PHP implementation, may not have as extensive support for PECL extensions as the official PHP distribution. While some popular and widely-used PECL extensions might have better compatibility, there are cases where specific extensions might not work as expected or might not be available for PHP-NG altogether.

I suggest checking the documentation and forums related to the PECL extension you intend to use. These resources might provide valuable insights into whether or not it is compatible with PHP-NG. Additionally, you could also reach out to the developers or community surrounding PHP-NG for further guidance on extension compatibility.

In my own experiment, I found that a few PECL extensions were not fully compatible with PHP-NG or required some modifications to work properly. It's essential to thoroughly test the functionality of the extension within your PHP-NG environment to ensure it meets your project's requirements.

Keep in mind that PHP-NG does offer its own set of optimizations and newer features, so you might find alternative native solutions or equivalents for certain PECL extensions that align more seamlessly with PHP-NG's capabilities.

I hope this insight helps, and I wish you the best of luck with your project! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions or share your own experiences with PECL extensions and alternative PHP implementations.


Hey there,

I've actually worked with HHVM before and have some experience with using PECL extensions with it. In my case, I was able to use certain PECL extensions without any issues. However, I must mention that not all PECL extensions are compatible with HHVM or PHP-NG.

Before diving into using PECL extensions with alternative PHP implementations, it's crucial to research and ensure that the specific extension you want to use is supported. You can search for documentation or forums related to the extension to see if anyone else has successfully used it with HHVM or PHP-NG.

Additionally, keep in mind that alternative PHP implementations may have their own set of extensions or equivalents that provide similar functionality to PECL extensions. So, it's worth exploring if there are any native extensions available for your needs.

In my experience, I came across a few cases where certain PECL extensions didn't work properly with HHVM due to compatibility issues, and I had to find alternative solutions. So, it's always a good idea to thoroughly test and ensure the compatibility of PECL extensions with the specific PHP implementation you are using.

I hope this helps and good luck with your project!

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