[php-maint] Crafting email about php 5.4 for d-d-a

Lior Kaplan kaplan at debian.org
Thu Feb 2 15:44:09 UTC 2012

On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM, Ondřej Surý <ondrej at sury.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> I think that Thomas is right and we should send an email to d-d-a
> about upcoming 5.4
> upload. Here's my proposed text (based on what I have written to
> debian-release):
> --
> Dear developers,
> this is just a heads up that we will upload php 5.4 branch into
> unstable very soon.
> It is currently in RC phase and we spoke to PHP upstream and both parties
> think
> this is a good idea to iron out more bugs for upstream and allow us to
> have more
> time to transition.
> Unfortunatelly PHP 5.4 introduce a couple of incompatible changes, most
> notably:
> - safe_mode and register_globals was removed (THIS WILL BREAK SOFTWARE)
> - default charset is now utf-8
> - magic_quotes are deprecated (with warning)
> - three new reserved words: callable, insteadof and trait
> - multibyte support is now default
> - removed syntax (break $var, continue $var)
> - sqlite(1) extension was removed (already done in php5.3 in Debian)

That's sqlite(2)...

> For a full list you can check upstream UPGRADING readme:
> http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=pkg-php/php.git;a=blob;f=UPGRADING
> php5-5.4.0~rc7-1 will be uploaded as soon as upstream tarball is available
> (it's already tagged in upstream SVN). I will then block the
> transition to testing
> with a RC bug, so we can start testing existing software as soon as
> possible,
> but keep testing in relatively stable state. The RC bug will be removed as
> soon
> we get to 5.4.0 final.

Please also include this one:
which was done after the RC7 tag.

> I also plan to provide "official" backports for Debian squeeze, so people
> can
> come and test new php5.4 before they upgrade to wheezy. I think that
> safe_mode
> and register_globals removal deserves it.

Maybe that forking our efforts, and should be done with the final release ?

> Final note: We already had similar transitions in php (4->5, 5.2->5.3,
> etc.),
> so it's not really that big deal, but it will require some amount of work
> hence
> this email, so you can prepare yourself for the transition.

I would wait with the transition to the final build, not an RC. Don't
forget to get the release team approval.

Otherwise, the mail looks fine. Thanks (:

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