On 05/10/2017 07:49 AM, Thore Boedecker via aur-general wrote:
As I am also providing hosting services on that server to a small group of customers, the PHP 7 release was quite cumbersome. I had to find a way to provide support for two different PHP versions on my server. Gladly I found a fellow sufferer in Mickaël Thomas (mickael9 in the AUR) and we started working on the php56 AUR package . It was a bit messy at first but in the end it worked out and I've been running php56 together with the upstream Arch Linux php packages for over a year now. I have been a co-maintainer of that package ever since and tried to push the security releases out as quickly as possible.
In order to retain as much features of php56 as possible, I created some additional packages for that, which could co-exist with upstream Arch repo packages as well:
 php56-apcu  php56-geoip  php56-memcache  php56-memcached  php56-xdebug
Just my $0.02, but those php56 packages have saved my ass with some php7-incompatible webapps and they were done in a clean way, so my kudos on that.