Script to check magento server requirements

This script comes from the magento web site but we like to have it handy…

In order to run Magento your server needs to meet some basic software requirements.

For a complete list of system requirements please reference the System Requirements page.

You can test your server for compatibility runing the folowing php code from your server:

function extension_check($extensions) {
	$fail = '';
	$pass = '';
	if(version_compare(phpversion(), '5.2.0', '<')) {
		$fail .= '<li>You need<strong> PHP 5.2.0</strong> (or greater)</li>';
	else {
		$pass .='<li>You have<strong> PHP 5.2.0</strong> (or greater)</li>';
	if(!ini_get('safe_mode')) {
		$pass .='<li>Safe Mode is <strong>off</strong></li>';
		preg_match('/[0-9].[0-9]+.[0-9]+/', shell_exec('mysql -V'), $version);
		if(version_compare($version[0], '4.1.20', '<')) {
			$fail .= '<li>You need<strong> MySQL 4.1.20</strong> (or greater)</li>';
		else {
			$pass .='<li>You have<strong> MySQL 4.1.20</strong> (or greater)</li>';
	else { $fail .= '<li>Safe Mode is <strong>on</strong></li>';  }
	foreach($extensions as $extension) {
		if(!extension_loaded($extension)) {
			$fail .= '<li> You are missing the <strong>'.$extension.'</strong> extension</li>';
		else{	$pass .= '<li>You have the <strong>'.$extension.'</strong> extension</li>';
	if($fail) {
		echo '<p><strong>Your server does not meet the following requirements in order to install Magento.</strong>';
		echo '<br>The following requirements failed, please contact your hosting provider in order to receive assistance with meeting the system requirements for Magento:';
		echo '<ul>'.$fail.'</ul></p>';
		echo 'The following requirements were successfully met:';
		echo '<ul>'.$pass.'</ul>';
	} else {
		echo '<p><strong>Congratulations!</strong> Your server meets the requirements for Magento.</p>';
		echo '<ul>'.$pass.'</ul>';






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