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You said that it is working so that is great! There are two ways to get an extension in php, the windows approach is to load the extension, whilst the typical Linux approach is to compile it into the code. However since your system has the library it can be loaded, which is what you have just done with that change.
The .ini file has a directive called extension_dir you can set that up to the path of your extensions meaning that, so long as all your .so files are in the same directory you will not need to change the extension part of the ini file. Giving you something like: