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After the upgrade of my ubuntu server to 13.04 my phpmyadmin is no longer reachable. the browser reports 500 (internal server error) and in the error.log it says:

PHP Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening required './libraries/php-gettext/gettext.inc' (include_path='.') in /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/select_lang.lib.php on line 370

Any other php software works fine on the machine and so does mysql itself. Phpmyadmin is installed correctly and worked fine before the dist-upgrade. i also did sudo aptitude reinstall phpmyadmin but that did not help.

the version number of phpmyadmin is 4:

any ideas, what could be wrong here?

/edit: by now i found out, that the symlinks here do not seem to work:

mcnesium@fluse:/usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/php-gettext$ ls -l
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 36 Apr 25 03:38 gettext.inc -> ../../../php/php-gettext/gettext.inc
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 36 Apr 25 03:38 gettext.php -> ../../../php/php-gettext/gettext.php
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 36 Apr 25 03:38 streams.php -> ../../../php/php-gettext/streams.php

i backed up the folder php-gettext and cp -r'd the symlinked one over, now it works. so this actually seems to be a symlink-problem.

this is the beginning of my /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

# phpMyAdmin default Apache configuration
Alias /phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin>
    Options FollowSymLinks
    DirectoryIndex index.php

so it is supposed to follow symlinks right away. before the ubuntu upgrade everything worked fine. so whats the matter with the symlinks?

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Check the permissions under /usr/share/php/php-gettext. Are you using SELinux/AppArmor? –  dawud May 1 '13 at 19:34

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

For me the following solution solved the problem:

In my website conf file, I have the following section:

    <IfModule mod_php5.c>
            AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

            php_flag magic_quotes_gpc Off
            php_flag track_vars On
            php_flag register_globals Off
            php_admin_flag allow_url_fopen Off
            php_value include_path .
            php_admin_value upload_tmp_dir /var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp
            php_admin_value open_basedir /usr/share/phpmyadmin/:/etc/phpmyadmin/:/var/lib/phpmyadmin/:/usr/share/php/php-gettext/

The only change I've made since Ubuntu 13.04 install is include /usr/share/php/php-gettext/ in the open_basedir, and that did the trick.

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thank you! that did it… –  mcnesium May 2 '13 at 14:37

If your open_basedir contains /usr/share/php/php-gettext/ already (as in my case) and you can't get it to work with the previous answers then do:

sudo rm /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/php-gettext/*

removes the symbolic links

sudo ln /usr/share/php/php-gettext/* /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/php-gettext

creates hard links

This makes phpmyadmin work again. Why it broke in 13.04 and the symbolic links aren't followed while the apache.conf says they should, remains a mystery to me.

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Hallelujah! This finally fix it for me! –  djthoms Jun 2 '13 at 0:56
Thanks, that did it. The open_basedir line already contained the php-gettext directory so reinstalling those links was necessary. –  Karma Fusebox Feb 8 '14 at 2:08

In the above solution, the file to be modified is located on:

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/conf.d/apache.conf 

Do not forget to restart the server:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart 
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