[pkg-php-pear] MDB2_Schema

Thomas Goirand thomas at goirand.fr
Thu Apr 26 05:13:00 UTC 2012

On 04/25/2012 05:48 PM, Thomas Müller wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Paul and myself are about to package ownCloud for Debian.
> ownCloud heavily uses MDB2 and MDB2_Schema.
> Within our package we will depend on php-mdb2.
> But we have no package for MDB2_Schema.
> Any plans to provide a package for that?
> Can we request that? ;-)
> Thanks a lot,
> Tom
> http://owncloud.org
> http://pear.php.net/package/MDB2_Schema


According to:

this means that we would have to package:
- http://pear.php.net/package/MDB2_Schema
- http://pear.php.net/package/XML_DTD
- http://pear.php.net/package/MDB2

The main issue that I see is that all of the above 3 packages are
depending on php-xml-parser:

as you can see on this page, XML_Parser has been partially rewrote into
XML_Parser2. The reason for this is that XML_Parser has loads of issues
in its classes definitions, meaning that a rewrite and fix breaks a bit
the API.

If you want to understand a bit more what happened, I would suggest you
to do make a diff between XML_Parser and XML_Parser2, and you will see
how much XML_Parser is broken in its classes definitions. Also, upstream
author of XML_Parser hasn't been cooperative at all, and the package has
been taken over by the PEAR QA team for this reason (which lead to the
writing of XML_Parser2).

I don't mind working on the packaging of the above 3 PEAR packages, but
I'm really concern that adding new dependency to an already broken PEAR
package is going to hurt more than help. Best would be to have as much
as possible all PEAR package switch to XML_Parser2, but really, I wont
have much time to work on this.

So we have 2 choices here:
- Package MDB2_Schema, XML_DTD and MDB2 to make them available for
Wheezy quickly with dependency to XML_Parser, live with this, and hope
that they will switch to XML_Parser2 for Wheezy+1.
- Try to clean-up things directly, and see if most packages can switch
to XML_Parser2, so we can totally remove XML_Parser from Debian testing,
and try to convince upstream authors of said PEAR packages to switch as

Any thoughts?



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