Installing PHP on Debian without ApacheAug 2, 2013 • 1 minute read
apt-get install php5 on a Debian/Ubuntu server, you’ll notice that APT will automatically install a bunch of
apache2 packages as well. This can be pretty annoying if you’re planning on using another web server (or no web server at all).
If you take a look at the package dependencies (Debian/Ubuntu) you’ll see why this happens -
php5 needs one of either
php5-fpm. APT doesn’t care which package it installs; it just picks the first package that satisfies the dependency, which is why you get the
You can get around this by installing one of the other dependencies before
php5. For example,
apt-get install php5-fpm php5 or
apt-get install php5-cgi php5.