[arch-announce] PHP updated to version 5.4

Arch Linux: Recent news updates: Pierre Schmitz announce at archlinux.org
Wed May 9 15:01:02 EDT 2012

Pierre Schmitz wrote:

PHP has been updated to its latest major release 5.4. The upstream changelog can
be found at [php.net/ChangeLog-5.php][1], a detailed migration guide is at
[php.net/migration54][2]. In addition to this the following packaging changes
have been made:

  * The Suhosin patch and extension have been removed. Learn more about the
reasoning behind this decision at [pierre-schmitz.com/php-5-4-1-in-suhosin-
out/][3] If you had used the suhosin extension before remove the php-suhosin
package as it is no longer compatible with PHP 5.4

  * Note that the extension API has been changed. If you are using any third
party extensions that are not in our repositories, you have to at least
recompile them or update to a compatible version.

  * The json module is now built into PHP itself. Therefore, remove the
`extension=json.so` directive from your php.ini file.

  * The gd extension has been built with webp support using the libvpx library.

Make sure to merge the changes of php.ini into your local copy; or probably
easier: adjust the new php.ini to your needs. If you any encounter problems
using the APC extension you may try the php-xcache package which has been added
to the repository.

Last but not least: especially if you are running old scripts, make sure they do
not rely on features like "Safe Mode" or "Magic Quotes". As these features were
removed, an update to PHP 5.4 will result in serious security holes.

   [1]: http://php.net/ChangeLog-5.php

   [2]: http://php.net/migration54

   [3]: https://pierre-schmitz.com/php-5-4-1-in-suhosin-out/

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