[CentOS] PHP version dilemma

Todd Cary todd at aristesoftware.com
Fri Oct 5 14:38:36 EDT 2012


On 10/5/2012 11:05 AM, Rainer Duffner wrote:
> Am 05.10.2012 um 18:57 schrieb Todd Cary <todd at aristesoftware.com>:
>
>> I am running Centos 5.8; at least
>>
>> uname -rmi
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>> gives me centos-release-5-8.el5.centos
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>> A CMS package is telling me that I need PHP 5.2x, however yum
>> update says that I am fully up to date.
>>
>> Is there a "safe" way to upgrade PHP to 5.2x?
>>
>
> Has RedHat ever shipped PHP 5.2?
> I thought, I had only seen 5.1 and then 5.3 - but I admit I don't use RedHat or CentOS for PHP if I can avoid it.
>
>
> The PHP project has stopped supporting PHP 5.2 some time ago and it's on "life support" by
> the backports-project: http://code.google.com/p/php52-backports/
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> E.g. it will drop out of FreeBSD's ports-tree sometime spring 2013. Some Debian release may keep it alive longer.
>
> Does you CMS absolutely need PHP 5.2 or does it also work with PHP 5.3?
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The Error page for Concrete5 "encourages" one not to run php 5.1; 
instead to use 5.2.  So, I would assume 5.3 will work.

My reading of your suggestion and that of others is to use the 
php53 install since it will be upgraded until 2017 (I'll be on 
Centos 6 by then if I am still alive :-)).

I also need the GD library...is that part of php53?

Todd



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