[php-maint] Moving forward with php

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Fri Mar 16 12:40:18 CET 2007

On Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 07:15:40PM +0100, sean finney wrote:
> -- php4 --

> first things first, i want to bring up the topic of dropping php4.  i've
> been putting off bringing this up for quite a while, and in the meantime
> it seems the folks in ubuntu have gone through a similar thought process
> and php4 is removed from feisty.

> i'm not saying we need to do this now, but i think it would be in our
> best interests to have it removed before lenny is released, and want to
> get people at least thinking about it now.

Sounds like a plan to me.

I would suggest putting together a list of packages that depend on php4 and
contacting the maintainers immediately after the etch release, specifying a
window of time they'll have to fix their packages before php4 will be

> -- new upstream versions --

> for those who haven't been paying close attention, we've already had to
> branch off for etch due to unrelated issues (with libgd2 iirc), so
> there's nothing holding us back from getting the latest and greatest
> from upstream.

> unless someone beats me to it, i'll probably do this over the weekend.

No objections.

> -- misc packaging details --

> does anyone mind if i drop the home-rolled patch system in favor of
> something a little more useful?  i've heard a lot of good talk about
> quilt lately and would be interested in trying that out, but if there
> are strongly formed opinions for using dpatch or something else (or
> nothing else) i'm open to hearing them.

I have strongly formed opinions *against* using dpatch.  But quilt is ok. :)

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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