[CentOS-devel] php 5 and MSSQL

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Mon Nov 27 23:59:17 UTC 2006

On 11/27/06, Kevan Benson <kbenson at a-1networks.com> wrote:
> Is there any interest in adding MSSQL to php 5?  It's fairly easy to modify
> the spec to produce this (I've done so in a previos version already), and
> I'll volunteer to make the changes if there's consensus it's worth doing.

Upstream has separated this out into a separate package with
php-extras. This package includes php-tidy, php-mcrypt, php-mhash,
php-dbase, and the option to build php-mssql. Most of the required
libs do not exist within the base or updates repositories, though they
do exist within rpmforge.

> FreeTDS is required to build mssql support, and it's currently provided
> through rpmforge.  I assume everyone would prefer to have the required
> library exist within centosplus so php-mssql could be installed without
> requiring a library from an external repo?

I hesitate to do this because it's a duplication of effort between
rpmforge and centos. However without doing this, there isn't really a
reason to provide the srpm, as these packages cannot be built. I would
like to stay self-contained, and also without duplicating packages in
other repositories. Comments?

> So, what are your thoughts on this?  I know I keep getting asked for it, so I
> assume there's at least some demand.

These packages aren't provided upstream in the base php either, though
the option to build it is. There have been a couple entries in the php
tracking bug about this, so you are correct; there is some level of
interest.  I'm open to other comments or lines of reason, but I'm
hesitant to push these packages for now.

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

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