[development] PHP5 going forward

Earnie Boyd earnie at users.sourceforge.net
Wed May 23 13:37:43 UTC 2007

Quoting Gordon Heydon <gordon at heydon.com.au>:

> Hi,
> I like this idea, and getting as many of the major PHP projects 
> involved as possible would be the best way to go.
> I like the setting of the date for dropping PHP4 support, as it gives 
> something to work towards, but I think that it needs to be at least 
> 12 months into the future to be nice to all the Hosting companies. 
> This also gives the PHP projects 12 months to make sure that the 
> current release is 100% on PHP5.
> As has been said else where php4 is not going to go away on that 
> date, but next major releases of these products after this will only 
> support 5 and beyond.

Because of earlier conversation on this list, I've been trying to build 
the most recent of all third party software, Apache 2.2, php 5.2.1, 
etc.  The problem I have is a PCRE issue in the unicode.inc file.  I've 
tried reverting back to the earliest PCRE library that 5.2.1 supports 
to the most recent 7.1 release.  The issue prevails (warning: 
preg_match() [function.preg-match]: Compilation failed: this version of 
PCRE is not compiled with PCRE_UTF8 support at offset 0 in 
/home/webadmin/drupal5.progw.org/html/includes/unicode.inc on line 47.
) and you can see the result at http://drupal5.progw.org.

Researching the issue with Google hasn't brought much help.  I did find 
two d.o nodes where this issue was brought up 
http://drupal.org/node/97673 and http://drupal.org/node/40825.  I made 
a comment in one of them that I thought it might be an issue between 
the ext/pcre in PHP and an upgraded version of PCRE library but I don't 
know that since I tried PCRE-6.6 and that failed to help.  Let's agree 
on which node above to continue this discussion and duplicate the other 

I use the configure scripts rather than RPM because that is my 
preference.  I can give the configuration parameters for each on 


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