OCI support in PHP is dead

Svein Skogen (Listmail account) svein-listmail at stillbilde.net
Thu Jul 14 10:15:41 UTC 2011

On 14.07.2011 11:43, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 14/07/2011 07:16, Victor Sudakov wrote:
>> The databases/php5-oci8 port exists no more, and databases/php52-oci8
>> is marked as vulnerable.
> Oracle 8 is pretty obsolete now.  Now, the only options for getting more
> up to date support are
>    -- persuading Oracle to release eg. an Oracle Instant Client package
>       for FreeBSD
>    -- somehow being able to use the Linux client software under
>       emulation.
> I've no idea what Oracle's response to the first option would be, but I
> suspect their response might well be that they won't get enough return
> to justify the cost of producing a FreeBSD native client.

I suspect getting oracle to create such a client would cost (per user)
about half a cent less than replacing the oracle DB would. They're
(in)famous for such calculations.

> The second option looks pretty difficult to me -- making a PHP shared
> object that links to a Linux shlib but that is itself linked into
> various PHP applications.

This one might be a bit cheaper.

> The future looks Postgresql shaped to me.

Or any other non-yacht-sponsoring DB.


p.s. I've had the "pleasure" of having dealt with Oracle on several

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