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Manage PHP ini options from command line on Debian

by Pierre-Yves Landuré last modified Nov 15, 2017 06:43

Memory limit, upload limit, quote management, ... are PHP configuration options which change is asked by various Web applications. This howto setup a command line script to ease the management of PHP configuration changes.

This howto is tested on:

  • Debian 6.0 Squeeze
  • Debian 7.0 Wheezy


This howto recommends:


Install the needed software :

command apt-get install php5-cli

Install the php-tools script :

command wget '' \
    --quiet --no-check-certificate --output-document='/usr/local/bin/php-tools'
command chmod +x '/usr/local/bin/php-tools'


Get PHP option current value :

# command php-tools --get 'post_max_size'

Analyse PHP option settings across ini files :

# command php-tools --analyze 'post_max_size'

Force the value of a PHP option (here, post_max_size is forced to 5 Mb) :

# command php-tools --fix 'post_max_size' '5M'

Raise the value of a PHP option, if needed (here, raise post_max_size to 10Mb if existing value is lower) :

# command php-tools --set 'post_max_size' '10M'

The settings done with php-tools script are stored in "/etc/php5/conf.d/zzz-php-tools.ini".