[php-maint] Backport requirements exception for some packages (php5)

Alexander Wirt formorer at formorer.de
Mon Dec 16 12:42:44 UTC 2013

On Mon, 16 Dec 2013, William Dauchy wrote:

> Hi Ondřej ,
> On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM, Ondřej Surý <ondrej at sury.org> wrote:
> > JFTR I have realized that we don't really need an exception since we
> > fulfill the rule to have higher version in testing than in backports.
> >
> > Anyway – the backported version (5.4.x) keeps same PHPAPI (and ABI), so
> > there should not be any problems with compatibility with any existing
> > packages, and it would help the PHP users to have latest 5.4.x branch
> > available from backports.
> So what are the last steps to get it available?
At the moment, I don't think we will accept it. Providing PHP in backports
was always troublesome, as a lot of applications just stop to work with newer
versions. And especially in that case it is a problem. If we want to keep
with the 5.4.x upload currently sitting in NEW we will end with an
unsupported branch (testing already has 5.5.x), which is imho not acceptable.


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