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php environment variable not working on windows server 2012

Hello everyone,

I am running a Windows Server 2012 and facing an issue with setting up environment variables for PHP. I have already set the necessary variables in the system environment variables, but they don't seem to be working as expected. I have restarted the server after making the changes, but the PHP script still cannot access the variables.

I double-checked the variable names for any typos and ensured that the values are correctly assigned. However, even after trying different variables and values, the problem persists. I have also verified that the PHP installation directory is added to the system PATH variable.

I am using PHP 7 and Apache as my web server. Other PHP functionalities, such as file handling and database connections, are working correctly. It's just the environment variables that are not being recognized.

Could anyone please guide me on how to troubleshoot this issue? Are there any specific configurations or settings that I need to check? Any pointers or suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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Hey there,

I had faced a similar issue with environment variables not working on Windows Server 2012 when using PHP. In my case, the problem was related to the version of PHP I was using.

First, I recommend checking whether the PHP version you are using is compatible with Windows Server 2012. Sometimes, newer versions of PHP may have compatibility issues with older operating systems.

If your PHP version is compatible, there are a few additional steps you can try:

1. Make sure that the PHP installation directory is added to the system PATH variable, not just the PHP executable. This can be done by adding the path to the `php.ini` file to the PATH variable.

2. Check if there are any conflicting environment variables with the same names. It's possible that another variable with the same name is overriding the one you are trying to set.

3. Verify that the environment variables are set correctly in the system environment variables. Remember that changes to system variables may require a system restart to take effect.

4. Check the permissions of the PHP executable and the `php.ini` file. Ensure that the appropriate user has the necessary read and execute permissions for these files.

5. If you are using Apache, make sure that the `LoadModule` directive for PHP is properly configured in the Apache configuration file (`httpd.conf` or `php.conf`).

Additionally, you can try using PHP's `getenv()` function to manually retrieve the values of the environment variables and see if they are being recognized by PHP.

I hope these suggestions help you resolve your issue. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Best regards,
User 1



I encountered a similar problem with environment variables not working on Windows Server 2012 when using PHP. After some investigation, I found a solution that worked for me.

One thing you can try is to explicitly set the environment variables within your PHP script using the `putenv()` function. This way, you ensure that the variables are set specifically for the PHP script, even if there are issues with the system environment variables.

For example, you can use the following syntax to set an environment variable within your PHP script:


Make sure to place this line of code before you attempt to access the environment variable in your script.

If `putenv()` doesn't work, another workaround is to pass the required values as command-line arguments to your PHP script. You can then access these values using the `$argv` array within your script.

For instance, if you're executing your PHP script from the command line, it would look something like this:

php script.php my_variable=my_value

Then, in your PHP script, you can access the value like this:

$myVariable = $_SERVER['argv'][1]; // Assuming it's the first argument

By using this approach, you bypass any potential issues with environment variables not being recognized by PHP.

Give these alternatives a go and let me know if they work for you.

Best regards,
User 2

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