[php-maint] Plans for wheezy

Thomas Goirand thomas at goirand.fr
Tue Jan 10 08:37:11 UTC 2012

On 01/10/2012 04:10 PM, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Sun, January 8, 2012 03:44, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>> On 01/08/2012 01:26 AM, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
>>> We shouldn't have anything in the archive that depends on
>>> register_globals, so this seems like a good thing to me.
>> Unfortunately, register_globals may be in use in other things not in the
>> archive. I'm thinking namely about OSCommerce, which famously uses
>> antediluvian setups, but that's not the only one. And I'm not even
>> scratching the itches of the (often very lame) scripts from my customers.
>> So, yes, register_globals is a bad thing, but no, it's not a good thing
>> to have it totally removed: it's going to be a painful migration!
> If upstream is removing it, we need to remove it at one point or the
> other. We cannot sustain to support 5.3 indefinitely.

Oh of course! No doubts for that. It's just that I know it's going to be
painful for people doing web hosting like I do.

> Stuff that hasn't yet migrated away by now is only going to migrate away
> when forced to. Waiting a bit longer isn't going to solve these cases.

Sure. But you don't know how many people are using old, crappy, scripts.
When dealing with shared hosting, we often receive complains like "I
didn't change anything, why suddenly my site doesn't work?". Sure, it's
customer's fault, but they don't understand it. I don't think upstream
for PHP understands that.


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