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TOPIC: Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal

Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40029

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I've downloaded Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal -- following their instructions and those of OSTraining. (I'm using a PC with Windows XP.) At the end of the install I got the "Congratulations" screen. However, when I try to launch the Dev Desktop, I receive the following message: "Cannot load dlll:@@INSTALL_DIR@@/php5_2/libmysql.dll" (Note that the "/" marks in what I typed were back-slashes in the error message.) What should I do to rectify this problem? Thanks.
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40034

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Hi mlevine1968,

Looks like you are missing a dll file or install directory, that you need to get your mysql running.
"Cannot load dlll:@@INSTALL_DIR@@/php5_2/libmysql.dll"

Have you tried reinstalling it?

Let us know.

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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40036

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PS. Also restart your machine when you are done. Make sure Apache and MySql services are running.

I did a little research and it seems this is a problem with either corruption of the dll or the path is wrong in the php.ini file. Moving a copy of libmysql.dll to the Apache bin directory seems to be a common solution.

Try the reinstall and the restart first. If it's still a problem after that, we'll help you track it down. Usually there are not problems with Acquia since it does all the install for you and sets the paths. That's why I think redoing it is the first thing to try.

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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40040

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Ed -

Thanks. I just unistalled the previous download, re-downloaded Dev Desktop, and I got the same message. Any further thoughts?
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40051

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Here's some reference on installing apache that might help understand what's going on.

drupal.org/node/146679

It tells you how write phpinfo file so you can check your installation, and what to look for in the paths.

Here's more info on editing your php.ini file
php.net/manual/en/install.windows.extensions.php

Try the shortcut I mentioned earlier. Go into your apache folder and find the php folder then libmysql.dll and copy it. Paste the copy in the apache/bin folder. Some people have reported success with copying this into the windows SEither this file is missing or apache can't find it. You need to make it available by correcting the path or moving the file.

I don't use Acquia, I use XAMPP, so maybe someone else has direct experience with this. I'll have to install a test copy and see if i could recreate the error to troubleshoot it.


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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40179

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Ed -

I'm still in need of help.

I tried copying and pasting the libmysql.dll piece into the Apache/bin folder as you suggested, but I still got the same error message when I tried to launch Dev Desktop. Any suggestions as to next steps to fix this problem?

At the same time I tried the XAMPP route, but that doesn't look like a good answer for me. I got the Control Panel installed, but I couldn't get the Apache button to show "running" when I pressed it. (I could get the MySQL button to show "running" when I pressed it.) In any event, from articles I've read on Drupal.org and videos I've watched, it appears the XAMPP approach requires a large number of configuration instructions that I found difficult to follow.

Thanks for your assistance in getting me out of this corner.
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40184

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I tried installing the Acquia Dev Desktop today om my machine. It won't install properly for me either. I am getting error messages before it's fully installed saying there ia a problem and I should report it to the forum. Which of course I tried to do but the forum was down and I couldn't log in.

I did find that a lot of people are having problems with Dev Desktop. If you have your heart set on that one, I think you're going to have to get with Acquia since it seems there is something ongoing with that version.

I'm really surprised about XAMPP. It's always worked for me right after install. I've never had to do any configuration unless I tried to put it in a directory below the C: directory. Then it gets confusing. When I put it in c:\xampp I never have any problems. If you go to your windows services you'll see apache installed as a service. You can try starting it in windows services. In the XAMPP directory there are also .exe programs you can try to get it started.

I've also never had a problem with the bitnami drupal stack.
bitnami.org/stacks

or WAMP server
www.wampserver.com/en/

Another alternative is to try an IDE that comes bundled with apache and PHP. We did a review on CodeLobster a while back and it worked great. They have a professional version which might be better for you because you can get support if you run into a problem.
codelobster.com/

You could try these alternatives. I'll try to see what's up with Acquia when I can get back into the forurm.

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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40186

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ps. uninstall dev desktop before trying xampp. Dev desktop puts apache in a different location and forces localhost to use a specific port, and it may be confusing the issue of starting apache.
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40219

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Ed -

Thanks for your persistence.

No, I'm not set on Acquia, particularly given the problems. Since receiving your latest messages:

I've uninstalled the Acquia stack. I then tried to get my XAMPP installation to work. (I did have it in the c:\xampp location.) It still wouldn't let me start the apache button in the control panel, or open an "http://localhost" page. Turning my machine off and back on didn't solve this, so I uninstalled xampp (I hope!). This should(?) leave me with a blank slate.

Given all of the above -- and recognizing my rudimentary familiarity with all this -- in what order would you suggest I try the four alternatives you've offered: (1) reinstalling xampp; (2) using bitami; (3) using wampserver; or (4) going with CodeLobster? If you suggest CodeLobster, what is "an IDE"? Whichever of these alternatives you suggest as my next attempt, any other hints to get it to work?

Again, I appreciate all your assistance.
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40250

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I would try XAMPP again. Take is slow and review the docs and install instructions before you start. Be sure you have downloaded the correct installation package. Their page is very confusing.

You also do not need to put http:// in front of local host when using it. It may have been working, but you didn't know it. Test it with localhost/index.php

Steve was dealing with this same problem for a Joomla user and here was his answer,
One thing I do try and emphasise people when they're learning is that a localhost creates more problems that it solves. There are some reasons for that here: www.alledia.com/blog/general-cms-issues/...ot-worth-the-effort/
If you're an experienced developer it makes sense, but rarely otherwise.
That being said, XAMPP is a great platform to use with Linux: www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
That will provide you with the server setup. You'll just need to add Joomla.

If you are having problems getting Apache to start try clicking on the Service button and in the popup check the box at the top and then check the boxes next to Apache and MySQ apply the change.

To check if Apache is truly running click SCM and it will open up your windows services. You will see if it is enabled or not. YOu can start it and stop it here.

There are also instructions on running the .bat files for starting and stopping in instructions on the site.

I attached some screen shots that might help.
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40314

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Success! Thanks for all your help.

I was able to download, install and run the BitNami stack. One question from the process: During the install I got a message saying something like "Could not install MySQL as a Windows Service." The message gave me an option to click OK, which I did, and the install continued to the end. After the install, I was able to launch the site and edit it. Am I safe in assuming I can continue to run/manage the site development with the installation as I have it? If not, is there any other action I should take?

Meanwhile, I'll save your instructions for getting XAMPP up and going, in case I need or want to go that route in the future.

Having gone through this exercise I thoroughly get Steve's comment. I will be using my local host set-up only to learn rudimentary Drupal skills, and will then move to a hosted platform as soon as I start on my actual site development.

Please thank Steve for me as well.
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Installing Drupal Dev Desktop from Aquia Drupal 3 years 11 months ago #40353

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Hi mlevine

No worries, we're here to help. We're glad that you're up and running now.

Yes, feel free ignore the error message if your site is running successfully.
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