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We're building a Debian server to host a website which is built on PHP. It connects to an Oracle database. I need to connect the PHP to the Oracle database using oci8. However, some of the steps I've seen online require the use of oracle-xe-client package. I cannot find this package at the moment. Any help or advice about the process is appreciated!

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Are you using these directions? Because they don't mention oracle-xe-client. Otherwise that package can be found here.

Otherwise, both PDO and ODBC have drivers for Oracle, albeit the ones for PDO are experimental.

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Thank you. It does mention the Oracle client in the instructions. However, I really appreciate your help! –  user105084 Jan 29 '12 at 9:13
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