PHP 5.4.0 : lang/php54

Miroslav Lachman 000.fbsd at
Mon Mar 12 14:00:54 UTC 2012

Jerry wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:19:40 +0100
> Miroslav Lachman articulated:
>> I really understand that you don't have a time or will to maintain
>> more than 1 version of PHP - it is not an easy task. But what is the
>> difference between more versions of PHP in the ports tree and more
>> versions of Python, Perl, MySQL, Postgresql, Postfix... and many more
>> ports? There is always some reason why they are there.
>> Some of them (Perl 5.8 comes to my mind) are/were in the tree for a
>> long time after upstream EOL.
>> Personally - I don't need older PHP versions for webaplications
>> written by my-self, but there are many hosted websites depending on
>> an older versions on our webhosting servers. Customers must wait for
>> update from their vedors etc. Even some mainstream Open Source CMS
>> and other applications lags behind PHP development.
> The primary reason that so many older/EOL'd versions of programs are
> still in existence is because by nature most individuals are just plain
> lazy. Face it, man only invented electricity because watching TV by
> candle light was not very convenient.
> Seriously though, all too many users have to be dragged into the future
> or else they will just rot in the past. If support for EOL'd crap was
> implemented immediately, support for the newer versions would be
> instituted lickety-split.

It is not about EoL in the first place. PHP 5.3 is still maintained 
branch by vendor.
And if we are talking about more than one branch... FreeBSD exists in 3 
parallel branches + HEAD.

Miroslav Lachman

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