[php-maint] Debian PHP 5 release schedule

sean finney seanius at debian.org
Fri Aug 10 01:07:42 UTC 2007

hi ralph,

On Tuesday 07 August 2007 08:01:32 pm Ralph Schindler wrote:
>    My name is Ralph Schindler and I (on my free time) work on the Zend
> Framework.  In building some components for the framework, I've come
> across a problem in PHP that only exists in php version 5.2.0, which
> coincidentally, is the current stable version of PHP in that series.
> My question is, when do you guys expect the 5.2.3 (in testing) build to
> become stable?

not for quite a while.  major version changes typically only happen when 
debian makes a new stable release.  so i'd guess somewhere in the ballpark of 
a year or so.

i'm really unhappy about the quality of 5.2.0, especially since i pushed 
really hard to get 5.2.0 into stable before we froze for etch, only to find 
out that it was full of regressions and bugs.  but the blame for that can go 
elsewhere, or at least be shared with the php upstream devs :)

> Unfortunately, there is no fix for the issue in that version, and I have
> noticed quite a few people (that use debian) discover their problem on
> their own.
> A fix exists by using &__get() instead of __get() for all versions
> greater than 5.1.4 with the EXCEPTION of 5.2.0.

if you want the fix to make it to stable, the best thing you can do is provide 
a patch against the current version in stable which fixes this problem, and i 
can make it generally available for testing.  after i hear back from enough 
people that it works and doesn't explode their web servers, i can send it to 
the proposed-updates branch of stable.

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