[php-maint] Bug#447174: Bug#447174: php5: timezone data needs to be refreshed, and added to volatile.d.o

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh hmh at debian.org
Thu Oct 18 22:47:04 UTC 2007

> On 18/10/2007, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh at debian.org> wrote:
> > Package: php5
> > Severity: important
> > Version: 5.2.0-8
> >
> > PHP5 has an internal timezone database, which is subject to all the problems
> > with timezone data that plague glibc and perl.  Currently it is causing
> > problems for users in Brazil, Australia, and probably other places too.
> >
> > Please package the timezone data into a separate package, so as to have it
> > properly up-to-date in volatile.debian.org (for stable), and also send
> I don't think it is a very good idea to have the php-date extension
> (which ships the built-in database) in a separate package.

If it is to be packaged for volatile, which *is* the correct place for
timezone data, you need a separate package...  The easiest way, if the
timezone data ends up in a separate file somewhere for PHP, would be to
simply package that file in a separate arch-all  package, depend on this
arch-all package, and upload it to volatile as well as proposed-updates and

> > updated packages to proposed-updates (for stable).
> I'll create a patch for etch's package and commit it to the pkg-php
> SVN so it can be shipped in the next +etchX update.


However, while an upload to proposed-update helps, but it isn't enough.  A
proper solution also requires a way to deploy these updates fast, and that
means volatile.debian.org, since it is not a security issue.

> > One possible way to do this is to properly package and support an external
> > timezone database for php, which can be found at
> > http://pecl.php.net/package/timezonedb
> And because of this, I'm cloning the bug to make it an ITP.
> I'll upload the extension to the pkg-php SVN when it's ready.

Ok.  That one could go in volatile and unstable...  and I suggest that the
updated packages (both in sid and for proposed-updates) recommend it.

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  Henrique Holschuh

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