MySQL 5.1.36 is now available on Dotdeb for Debian 4.0 “Etch” / Debian 5.0 “Lenny” in amd64/i386 flavours.
It fixes a lot of annoying bugs (read the list of changes to be convicted), especially one about granting the right privileges during the Debian post-installation process. The mysql-server-5.1 package should now install without needing any ugly trick.
Ok, now that you read the Changelog and the migration guide, now that you know how to modify your script to migrate to PHP 5.3, you have to be aware of some changes introduced by Dotdeb and their consequences :
The migration from libmysqlclient to MySQL native driver is great in terms of performance and memory but have one restriction : it necessitates the use of MySQL 4.1’s newer 41-byte password format. Continued use of the old 16-byte passwords will cause mysql_connect() and similar functions to emit the error, “mysqlnd cannot connect to MySQL 4.1+ using old authentication.”. Please check your MySQL passwords in mysql.user before upgrading!
The mail_extra_headers that allowed to insert the script’s name in the sent mails has been included in the core of PHP and the ini variable is now mail.x_header
php5-mhash, since its functions are emulated by ext/hash , disappeared and is now included in the core of PHP.
php5-ming moved to PECL and is not packaged anymore
The Suhosin patch and the associated extension are not available yet (that’s what justifies the preview status)
All the PECL extension are not built yet. They will be as soon as the preview phase is over.
Enchant support has been included as bonus feature 🙂
How to install?
As they’re just preview packages, the PHP 5.3.0-final ones are still on a separate repository. To install them, just add these temporary entries in your /etc/apt/sources.list.
deb http://php53.dotdeb.org stable all
deb-src http://php53.dotdeb.org stable all
Now launch your favorite commands (apt-get update && apt-get upgrade) to upgrade your box and enjoy!
For your information, I do NOT intend to publish PHP>=5.3.0 packages for Debian Etch, it would mean too much work to get clean packages… PHP 5.2.10 (once fixed) will be last version available for Etch from Dotdeb. Then, you’re strongly encouraged to migrate to Debian Lenny if you want to take profit from 5.3.0.
Last but not least : thank you!
Thanks for using Dotdeb, for your useful reports and for your suggestions. Altough I’m doing my best to bring you the best new features of PHP the stable way, my work is not perfect and your help is really appreciated when things go bad.