Installing SphinxSearch with libstemmer from FreeBSD ports

Environment: Sphinx 0.9, FreeBSD

Sphinx port has libstemmer options commented out in Makefile. With automatic upgrades, it loses stemming for anything except for default EN and RU.

Procedure of rebuilding the port with libstemmer

# (become root)
cd /usr/ports/textproc/sphinxsearch

Create file Makefile.local with this line:
CONFIGURE_ARGS+= --with-libstemmer

make clean
fetch http://snowball.tartarus.org/dist/libstemmer_c.tgz
cd work/sphinx-*/
tar zxvf ../../libstemmer_c.tgz
cd ../..
make deinstall
make reinstall
make clean

Do not forget to rebuild index if you did not use libstemmer before


__autoload and Zend

Environment: PHP 5.3.6, Zend Framework 1.11.6

This problem occurred when I needed to build a mixed environment where the existing code was "pure PHP" and new code was based on Zend Framework.

The "pure PHP" code's __autoload function stopped working as soon as Zend application ran.

Apparently, when there is a call to spl_autoload_register, __autoload is ignored.

The solution was to rename __autoload to OldAutoLoad and call:

Note: after that, the OldAutoload was called first and then Zend's autoload. In order to let OldAutoload ignore Zend classes, I replaced require_once calls with @include_once.