Installing XCache on Amazon EC2

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(Last Updated On: December 13, 2017)

We’ve been benchmarking Amazon EC2 server instances for some highly complicated PHP applications over the past week. During this time, we’ve discovered that XCache is perhaps the best opcode caching product for our purposes.

If anyone would like a walkthrough for installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance, simply leave a comment below and we will prepare a full tutorial for you!

There are a lot of other steps involved, too, such as launching your instance, installing Apache, PHP, MySQL, and some other tools and tricks – if you’re stuck with any of those elements, let me know, too, and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction!

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Steps to Install XCache on Amazon EC-2

The following is what I used to setup XCache on a fairly empty EC2 instance. You may need to toggle some settings, like the version:

wget http://xcache.lighttpd.net/pub/Releases/2.0.0/xcache-2.0.0.tar.gz
tar -zxf xcache-2.0.0.tar.gz
yum install php-devel
yum install gcc
./configure --enable-xcache
yum install make
make
cat xcache.ini >> /etc/php.ini
nano /etc/php.ini
service httpd restart
make test
nano /etc/php.ini
nano /etc/php.ini
yum install mlocate.x86_64
updatedb
locate xcache.so
nano /etc/php.ini
service httpd restart
php -i |grep xcache

Please leave a comment if you get stuck along the way.

Note this is an updated post, so I’ve updated the date.

3 thoughts on “Installing XCache on Amazon EC2

  1. Hi Leo,

    Oh, Ubuntu, I believe, will use some different commands – we use “Amazon”‘s Linux (64 bit), which is I believe a Centos fork. Its basically Centos with some Amazon engineer updates and additions from what I can tell.

    I will dig out the notes I took at the time!

  2. Here is what I have in my code pad from this:

    wget http://xcache.lighttpd.net/pub/Releases/2.0.0/xcache-2.0.0.tar.gz
    tar -zxf xcache-2.0.0.tar.gz
    yum install php-devel
    yum install gcc
    ./configure --enable-xcache
    yum install make
    make
    cat xcache.ini >> /etc/php.ini
    nano /etc/php.ini
    service httpd restart
    make test
    nano /etc/php.ini
    nano /etc/php.ini
    yum install mlocate.x86_64
    updatedb
    locate xcache.so
    nano /etc/php.ini
    service httpd restart
    php -i |grep xcache

    Obviously, grab a later release if there is one! Also, you may already have completed some of the steps.

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