phyMyAdmin, mcrypt, and Centos 6: “mcrypt extension is missing” solved

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Installing a current version of phyMyAdmin on Centos 6 turned out to be a grand pain. First, it turns out there are two packages in the rpmforge repo, “phymyadmin” and “phpMyAdmin”, resulting in installations of version 2 and 3, respectively.

Once past that, phpMyAdmin reports “Cannot load mcrypt extension. Please check your PHP configuration“. Well, that should be easy to fix. Just a quick “yum install php-mcrypt”. Nope. After digging around for a while, installing, uninstalling, rebooting, etc, I checked the the file /etc/php.d/mcrypt.ini.

Its contents were

; Enable mcrypt extension module
extension=module.so

This is incorrect. I changed it to

; Enable mcrypt extension module
extension=mcrypt.so

then restarted httpd and the problem went away. It appears that the php-mcrypt rpm, at least as of php-mcrypt-5.3.3-1.el6.rf.i686, incorrectly creates the mcrypt.ini file.