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PHP 5.5


To provide the latest PHP stack.


  • Name: Remi Collet
  • Email: remi AT SPAMFREE fedoraproject DOT org

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 19
  • Last updated: 2013-03-18
  • Percentage of completion: 80%

No change in rawhide planed before upstream fetaure freeze.

Work in progress done in external remi repository [1]

Update in rawhide planed for beta1, but php stack already testable via remi "dev" repo.

Detailed Description

Upstream roadmap (see TODO)

  • PHP 5.5.0alpha1 is released (Nov 22th)
  • PHP 5.5.0alpha2 is released (Dec 18th)
  • PHP 5.5.0alpha3 is released (Jan 10th)
  • PHP 5.5.0alpha4 is released (Jan 24th)
  • PHP 5.5.0alpha5 is released (Feb 21th)
  • PHP 5.5.0alpha6 is released (Mar 7th)
  • opcache merged in php-src (Mar 15th)
  • PHP 5.5.0beta1 is released (Mar 21th) FEATURE FREEZE

Finale version (Q1/2013) should be available before fedora 19 (Q2/2013).

  • Roadmap is delayed by a month, because of ZendOptimizerPlus code to be merged with php core.

Planed packaging changes

Build more extensions shared for flexibility

  • in php-common: bz2, calendar, ctype, exif, ftp, gettext, iconv, sockets and tokenizer
  • moved in php-gmp: gmp
  • moved in php-process: shmop
  • moved in php-xml: xml and simplexml

Drop libmysqlclient driver and only provide mysqlnd driver (this doesn't change mysql/mysqli extensions which can use both)

Add opcache extension (ZendOptimizer+, official upstream opcode cache) and remove opcode feature from APC (only kept for user data cache)

Activate dtrace/systemtap <sys/sdt.h> markers

Benefit to Fedora

Provides the latest PHP version.


  • Mass rebuild of all packages which requires php ABI, some will requires update or patch
  • Test of web applications

How To Test

  • test PHP web applications available in the repository

User Experience

Web developer will get the latest upstream PHP version


From repoquery --whatrequires 'php(zend-abi)'

Contingency Plan

Work in a dedicated build target. Merge only when all is ok.

There is some risk that finale version not released at f19 time, but in case, we'll ship a RC.

Compatibility with previous PHP 5.4 is rather good.


Release Notes

Fedora 19 includes version 5.5.0 of PHP. This includes a number of significant new features, including support for Generators as well as a number of performance enhancements. For complete details see Migrating from PHP 5.4.x to PHP 5.5.x.

Comments and Discussion

For discussion, please join the php devel ML