[php-maint] Bug#142178: Bug#142178: php4: short_open_tag should default to off

Ondřej Surý ondrej at debian.org
Thu Aug 30 15:22:36 UTC 2012

Hi Sean,

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM, Sean Dubois <seander13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Ondřej do you want me to try and take this one?

just leave it post-wheezy.  We cannot make this change now due freeze,
and we will have plenty of time to solve this in jessie.

> What would be the easiest way to check what PHP programs are employing
> short tags? I would end up installing each one and using grep (Or
> something stronger in Python if needed) to scan the installed files
> and look for short tags. I will just make up a CSV of what programs do
> or do not use short tags.

Yeah, something like that. I suggest using wiki to track the checks,
something like: http://wiki.debian.org/PHP/54Transition

There's also a git repository with bunch of tools I have used to track
PHP 5.4 transition located at

Do you have alioth account, if so please add yourself to the pkg-php
group, if not, please create one, and add yourself, so you can have
write access to git repos.

> I have done a decent amount of PHP programming and I have never seen a
> program use ASP like tags.

Me neither, but it's the baggage we have to drag for now (in wheezy
freeze time).

Ondřej Surý <ondrej at sury.org>

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