Thumbnail Generator on FreeBSD Linux server.

Started by scratch, December 29, 2006, 03:16:38 PM


I love your webthumb utility, as seen in action on some other domains.

I have my domains hosted on a FreeBSD,Linux server.
Will the webthumb generator work for me? cause I can't get it to work.

If not suitable for Linux servers, any chance you will make this any time soon?

How much would it cost me to have it custom made for Linux operating?

Thanks a lot!


Website thumbnail Generator is designed to work on MS Windows machines. It will not work on Unix/Linux.

I've seen some webthumb generators for Linux, but all of them were hard to setup, so a lot of users could not get them working.

You could try following:

I'll code a wrapper with step by step instructions when I have time.


Thanks a lot for taking the time to reply.

I think the sourceforce solution might be something for me.

Also found a package from GuangMing soft at
But this one is very expensive at $299+.

Your tool looks so nice and fairly easy to install for non-programmers like me ;)
What I liked most about it is that it can handle very nasty URL's
Many of the similar utilities can only handle basic urls without subdomains or other characters in the link.



You could also try this web page snapshot-taker for Linux:


You must have the following tools, which are often already installed and/or available as packages for your Linux distribution:

    * The Xvfb virtual framebuffer X server. Sometimes not installed by default, but easily available as a package for Red Hat, Debian, et cetera.
    * The Mozilla web browser.
    * The netpbm image manipulation utilities. Almost always installed; it's easy to build them yourself or install them as a package.
    * The Linux operating system. webthumb uses the /proc file system to determine whether processes are still running properly.




I have gone thru the windows system based thumbnail genrator. I am using Wamp. Sometimes I saw memory shortage happened though I have 1.2 GB RAM

PHP Web Developer


I have religiously followed the instructions for installing PHP4.0.1pl2 as a dynamic module in Apache 1.3.12. When I try to restart Apache, though, I get warned that:

Cannot load /usr/local/apache/ into server: /usr/local/apache/ undefined symbol: uncompress

Has anybody else run across this problem?

I was running php 4.1.2 that came with my Linux distro a while
back (RH7.3 RPM, Kernel 2.4.20-20.7) and I wanted a newer version so I
download the src tarball from the web and compiled it and it looks like
that well, as I have the new one in /usr/local/bin (the old binary is
still in /usr/bin until I have the new one working with my apache server on cheap web hosting) :

$ php -v
PHP 4.4.1 (cgi) (built: Dec 13 2005 20:32:47)
Copyright (c) 1997-2004 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v1.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2004 Zend Technologies

My question is, how can I compile a for use with my apache.
My apache is of a special configuration, so recompiling is not an option
(it was made available as an RPM when I obtained it some time ago, so I
don't have the source.)

Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) (Red-Hat/Linux) mod_ssl/2.8.12 OpenSSL/0.9.6b
PHP/4.1.2 mod_perl/1.26 FrontPage/ configured

The INSTALL file that came with the tarball wasn't very helpful in this
regard. It seems to make sense to me that one should be able to simply
compile the separately and add it to the modules for apache.


Hi firends, I am first time here on this forum which is really good to read out and I hope you will keep up the good work in future as well


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Although Linux products are usually freeware, the webthumb generators for Linux are not as cheap as one might think.


Look to the ports on FreeBSD. If it is really no on Unix/linux machines then it will be hard to write.