Ubuntu – Cannot enable php-curl on Ubuntu 18.04 & PHP 7.2


So right now, i am attempting to enable php-curl within my apache2 server on Ubuntu 18.04 to allow an iframe to display an external site page. i have been using methods to attempt this that i have found documented in several places:

StackOverflow: How do I install the ext-curl extension with PHP 7?

StackOverflow: install cURL in php 7 (ubuntu14.04)

LinuxConfig.org: How to enable and disable PHP curl module with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

No matter what i seem to do, i cannot get anything sort of curl-related commands to work within php, which is very frustrating.
i have ensured that i have used sudo apt-get install curl php7.2-curl which installed without issue, and have then restarted the apache service using sudo service apache2 restart. I have tried to enable the extension in the php.ini using extension=php_curl.dll, and also extension=curl, with no luck. If i try the code given on linuxconfig.org to check the curl module state, it says its disabled.

If i try running my php code, i find in my logs:

PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function curl_init() in /var/www/html/inc.redirect.php:4\nStack trace:\n#0 {main}\n thrown in /var/www/html/inc.redirect.php on line 4

The code in my 'inc.redirect.php' file is as follows:

if (isset($_GET['url'])) {
    $url = $_GET['url'];
    $ch = curl_init();
    $timeout = 10;
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $timeout);
    $data = curl_exec($ch);
    echo $data;

What am i doing wrong/missing?

looking in the apache2 error.log when i restart the service, i see the following:

PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib/php/20160303/curl.so' – /usr/lib/php/20160303/curl.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0

Still attempting to dig more into this, and it appears that the curl.so file its looking for is located in '/usr/lib/php/20170718'. What do i have to do to change the php config to look in the proper directory?

Best Answer

Found the issue.

What was happening was I had both php7.1 and php7.2 enabled within apache2. had to run sudo a2dismod php7.1, restart apache, and afterwards I was able to load my inc.redirect.php page without errors.

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