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I've been using PHP-5.4.3 for about a month now, and today, I decided to make a switch to PHP-5.5.5, I downloaded the source code, and placed it in C:/php (also renaming the folder php-5.5.5 to php) and I added server variables, as usual C:/php/ <-- but here I got stuck. Because, usually I appended the php.exe at the end, which was found inside the PHP folder so, I could be able to access PHP from the command line, or start the built-in server, but now, I can't find this file, and I can't find a way to start the server from the command line either.

Anyone help.

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The php-5.5.5.tar.bz2 file contains source code that needs to be compiled to binaries before you can use it. Since you are using Windows, why not download the binary packages provided by PHP?

From the release announcement (emphasis mine):

PHP 5.5.5 has been released


The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.5. This release fixes about twenty bugs against PHP 5.5.4, some of them regarding the build system. All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to this new version.

For source downloads of PHP 5.5.5 please visit our downloads page, Windows binaries can be found on windows.php.net/download/. The list of changes is recorded in the ChangeLog.

See also http://php.net/windows for installation instructions.

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I have donwloaded this package. I just don't know what to do with it. How do I run it, and how can I make it accessible from the terminal? – samayo Oct 19 '13 at 21:56
@Simon_eQ Terminal? What OS are you using? A Linux distribution? Or Windows? Try to read the manual pages on installation. – Lekensteyn Oct 20 '13 at 8:43
I am using windows. I downloaded just about everything, but I can't seem to start even the built-in php server. If you have any idea, pls help – samayo Oct 20 '13 at 9:10
@Simon_eQ php.net/manual/en/install.windows.manual.php – Lekensteyn Oct 20 '13 at 9:24
Yea, those are the instructions I followed, but I can't get somehow, what is wrong – samayo Oct 20 '13 at 9:46

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