I get this error after upgrading to EE 2.10.1

Fatal error: Call to undefined function EllisLab\ExpressionEngine\Library\Mime\finfo_open() in /home/foo/bar/EllisLab/ExpressionEngine/Library/Mime/MimeType.php on line 117

I can't upload files through the CP or synchronise in file manager.

I've tried adding fileinfo.so to extension in php.ini as suggsted here https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3579072/php-fileinfo-is-undefined-function but it didn't do anything, just got the same error message.

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EllisLab addresses this issue on a blog post. Part of it:

If you encounter problems with uploading files check the following:

  1. Login to your CP and go to Tools, then Utilities, then PHP Info. If you see --disable-fileinfo on that page (I recommend using your browser’s search function) then you will need to contact your host and have them provide a version of PHP with fileinfo not disabled (i.e. enabled).
  2. Check your system/expressionengine/config/mimes.php file. If it does not contain $whitelist = array around line 31 you will need to upload a fresh copy.

There's more useful info there.

  • Your right about --disable-fileinfo showing up under 'Configure Command'. I've already added extension = "fileinfo.so" in my php.ini so not sure why still showing as disabled?
    – Samsull
    May 8, 2015 at 9:25
  • Did you restarted PHP? I'm just trying to guess now.
    – Sobral
    May 8, 2015 at 11:35
  • 1
    yes, restarted Apache and a graceful server reboot. I've opened a ticket with the hosting company, maybe they can help out.
    – Samsull
    May 8, 2015 at 21:21
  • Had the same issue, my host company installed fileinfo php module (using easyapache) and that fixed the issue. davor
    – Davor Peic
    Jun 1, 2015 at 19:47
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    Anyone know of an alternative work around if hosts cant help with fileinfo?
    – paulcripps
    Nov 24, 2015 at 23:32

I solved this installing php7.0-gd.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
sudo apt-get update

Next, install the desired version:

sudo apt-get install php7.0-gd
# or
sudo apt-get install php7.1-gd
# or
sudo apt-get install php7.2-gd

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