[Pkg-monitoring-maintainers] Bug#821499: ganglia-webfrontend: PHP 7.0 Transition
ondrej at debian.org
Mon Apr 18 20:58:18 UTC 2016
User: pkg-php-maint at lists.alioth.debian.org
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this bug is a part of ongoing php7.0 transition. It is filled as
important, but the severity will be bumped to serious within quite short
(~month) timeframe as the transition was announced almost 3 months ago.
The ganglia-webfrontend package currently depends on libapache2-mod-php5
php5 php5-cgi .
PHP 7.0 has landed in unstable with substantial changes to the packaging:
1. Every package built from src:phpMAJOR.MINOR now include
phpMAJOR.MINOR in the name, so f.e. php5-fpm is now php7.0-fpm.
2. Accompanying src:php-defaults builds 1:1 mapping to a default
MAJOR.MINOR version, e.g. php-fpm depends on php7.0-fpm. When you
specify a dependency, please use the generic name, unless you
absolutely know that won't work for you.
3. Every path in the system has been changed to a versioned, e.g.
/etc/php5/cli is now /etc/php/7.0/cli
4. dh_php5 is now dh_php
5. php-pear is not built from independent source package.
6. master-7.0 branches of several extensions (php-apcu, xdebug,
php-apcu-bc) can be used as a template how to change the PHP
extension packaging. It's mostly cut&paste since the d/rules tries
to figure-out most of the variables from debian/ directory.
7. pkg-php-tools package now supports PHP 7.0 packaging and if your
package uses pkg-php-tools a simple binNMU is all it might need
8. PHP 7.0 has changed extension API, so most-if-not-all extensions
need work from upstream to be compatible with PHP 7.0.
9. We expect to ship next Debian release (stretch) only with PHP
7.0, that means that all packages needs to be made compatible with
PHP 7.0. Fortunately the PHP 7.0 is mostly compatible with properly
maintained software. However some extensions has been deprecated
(f.e. mysql) and thus old unmaintained software will stop working
and it will have to be either patched or removed from stable Debian.
So what you need to do:
Replace every occurence of php5 with just php, e.g. if you depend on
'php5' then you just need to depend on 'php'. Also if you package a web
application and depend on specific SAPI, I would recommend depending just
on 'php' package and let the user decide whether he will install php-fpm,
libapache2-mod-php or php-cgi.
The script that was used to get the list of packages for MBF was not a
particular smart one (so it doesn't detect alternatives, etc.), so if
there's a false positive, please excuse me and just close the bug with
The other options that might be used with packages that don't and won't
support PHP 7.0 is to remove the software from Debian by changing the
title of this bugreport to:
RM: ganglia-webfrontend -- ROM; doesn't support PHP 7.0
reassigning it to ftp.debian.org pseudo-package and changing severity to
Also feel free to contact the maintainers at one of the lists:
pkg-php-pear at lists.alioth.debian.org -- for PEAR related packages
pkg-php-pecl at lists.alioth.debian.org -- for PHP extensions
pkg-php-maint at lists.alioth.debian.org -- main PHP packaging and catch-all
- -- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.4
APT prefers stable-updates
APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 4.2.0-35-generic (SMP w/24 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_DK.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_DK.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
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