Solvedhomebrew core Formula php@5.6 not working on macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

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Yes, it is reproducible. In particular, on a fresh install of Mojave...I can't test on an upgrade to Mojave, because I did a fresh install.

The problem is not with brew itself (I have several other formulas running great), it's just related to php@5.6 on macOS 10.14.

  • ran brew update and can still reproduce the problem?

It was a fresh install of brew using the command from

$ brew update
Already up-to-date.
  • ran brew doctor, fixed all issues and can still reproduce the problem?
$ brew doctor
Your system is ready to brew.
  • ran brew gist-logs <formula> (where <formula> is the name of the formula that failed) and included the output link?

  • if brew gist-logs didn't work: ran brew config and brew doctor and included their output with your issue?

It worked, see above.

To help us debug your issue please explain:

  • What you were trying to do (and why)

Run php@5.6 because I have an older application to support.
In particular, I'm using php-fpm because I'm using nginx instead of Apache.
I attempted to both use the default networking port, and a unix socket. Both were the same. I tried starting PHP with both my standard user, and sudo; there was no difference in the result.

  • What happened (include command output)

Nothing from php itself, and I did set the error_log variable in the php.ini.

Nginx would say:

2018/09/26 21:15:15 [error] 19990#0: *6 kevent() reported about an closed connection (54: Connection reset by peer) while reading response header from upstream, client:, server: localhost, request: "GET /test.php HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://", host: ""

PHP-FPM would say:

[26-Sep-2018 21:15:15] WARNING: [pool www] child 20479 exited on signal 11 (SIGSEGV) after 4.343179 seconds from start
[26-Sep-2018 21:15:15] NOTICE: [pool www] child 20481 started
  • What you expected to happen

I expected PHP to run, or at a minimum, produce an error.

  • Step-by-step reproduction instructions (by running brew install commands)
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
brew install nginx
brew install php@5.6

Edit path to include php before /usr/local/sbin, something like:
export PATH="/usr/local/opt/php@5.6/bin:/usr/local/opt/php@5.6/sbin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH"

Uncomment the default proxy config in nginx.conf, and fix SCRIPT_FILENAME param:

location ~ \.php$ {
            root           html;
            fastcgi_index  index.php;
            fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
            include        fastcgi_params;

Start/restart PHP & nginx (using sudo on nginx because on port 80):

sudo brew services start nginx
brew services start php

This SHOULD work, but doesn't.

All I had to do to get it to work is:

  • Stop php@5.6
    brew services stop php

  • Install 7.2:
    brew install php

  • Update PATH:
    export PATH="/usr/local/opt/php@7.2/bin:/usr/local/opt/php@7.2/sbin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH"

  • Start php:
    brew services start php

Working on php 7.2!

Please let me know if there is any other info you need.

14 Answers

✔️Accepted Answer

I was able to track the issue down to the packaged OPcache extension.

If I change the file that is being loaded to the one that is packaged with the above mentioned distribution, this formula works fine.



(Just not loading OPcache also works.)

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