[development] Go PHP 5, Go!

mark burdett mfburdett at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 19:02:39 UTC 2007

Hi, I definitely support the proposal of extending support for D6, if
necessary, while new features and improvements can continue on a PHP5

what would be nifty is if the drupal_notify() function collected info
about the php version (along with drupal version) and sent it back to
drupal.org for analysis, so migration of the drupal user base towards
PHP5 could be tracked   (would be nice to track db type and version as


On 6/26/07, Derek Wright <drupal at dwwright.net> wrote:
> On Jun 26, 2007, at 5:20 AM, Karen Stevenson wrote:
> > why not add 'minimum php version' to the .info file, and show
> > modules that require php5 as disabled on the modules list if php5
> > isn't available. This would be a fairly simple thing that could
> > still be slipped into 6.x that would allow us to start creating
> > contrib modules that require php5 and get users thinking about the
> > advantages of php5 so they start putting pressure on hosts to upgrade.
> People interested in this should see my patch for D6 (which
> thankfully already landed) to do the same with a "core" attribute in
> the .info file to prevent D6 core from enabling D5 modules:
> http://drupal.org/node/146910
> You could probably re-use much of the same code/UI/logic from that
> patch.
> On to the bigger question:
> - Once D7 is about to be released and we have actual facts about php5
> availability for our user base (not speculation like "70% of our
> users will be left behind"), we can very publicly announce that we're
> going to extend the support life-cycle of D6 core, and encourage
> module maintainers to do the same.  Killes suggested this originally,
> and it's clearly a great idea.
> - We have a ton of tools now to make this extended support good
> (release system, extra branches for older versions of core,
> update_status, etc). If anything, giving D6 a little more time to
> live will be a good thing, and will leave less of our users behind
> than our current frenzied release cycles (which are great for us
> developers, don't get me wrong -- +1 on the drop always moving).
> - The Drupal project continuing to support D6 until it's "safe" to
> completely drop php4 is much less destructive for us than Drupal core
> continuing to support php4 indefinitely.
> Cheers,
> -Derek (dww)

More information about the development mailing list