[php-maint] Bug#397179: Bug#397179: Please don't add this patch

Neil McGovern neilm at debian.org
Mon May 21 15:52:45 UTC 2007

On Thu, May 17, 2007 at 04:01:12PM +0200, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm not in favour of adding this patch. It *will* create different
> behaviour than the vanilla PHP does - that's the whole purpose of the
> thing

As can any Debian specific patches.

> Especially for an interpreter (or compiler) it's undesirable that
> running a web application under RedHat PHP 5.1.2 yields different results
> than under Debian PHP 5.1.2. Being a maintainer of web applications I know
> how hard it is to keep one application functioning on the different
> versions that upstream distributes - let alone if distributions are going
> to change it aswell.

'Debian version doesn't work with RedHat' isn't a valid excuse in my
opinion. If you want to ensure compatability with vanilla versions, you
should build it yourself.

> There's a separate package available that has this patch, as was mentioned
> above. Why can't you use that? Seems like the solution to please all.

Because the extra package doesn't include the patch, it contains the

* Maulkin cries
<Maulkin> NB: rm -rf /chroots/sarge while /home is mounted at
	/chroots/sarge/home is NOT-A-GOOD-THING(tm)
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