PHP 5.4 Rollout

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PHP 5.4 Rollout

Postby Max » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:03 pm


In this post I will outline how Liway plans to continue with the PHP versions available on our server.

PHP 5.4

As some of you may be aware, PHP 5.4.0 was released on the 1st of March. It represents quite a few new features and the removal of long-depreciated legacy features such as register globals and safe mode (neither of which we have ever had enabled, so not to worry). it also contains many bugfixes and speed optimisations over 5.3. Our policy is of course to run the latest PHP version as an apache module, and that will indeed happen with 5.4 soon. However sometimes it is best to not use the first version of a new release, and thus we will wait until the release of PHP 5.4.1 until we will roll it out as our main and default PHP version. Keep in mind that this release was originally meant to be PHP 6.0, until the PHP team decided it would be too impractical to implement multibyte character representation internally and to instead backport the rest of the changes into the next 5.x release which is now 5.4. As such it is best to ensure all significant bugs and stability issues are definitely resolved before moving to the 5.4.x line.

As of a couple of days ago, PHP 5.4.1 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been released, and we have made this available via suPHP. It is very simple to enable it for your account or just a directory within your account. For more info read here: ... ng_Release

The second release candidate (5.4.1RC2) is scheduled for release in late April, and the PHP team could decide that it is then ready for final release as 5.4.1 - if that happens to be the case, then we would install it as the default on our server before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, I'd like to invite everyone concerned to use the time before now and then as an opportunity to test out your hosing account with PHP 5.4.1RC1 to ensure it all works correctly. If you develop your own scripts, please be sure to test they are compatible with the changes. If you use 3rd party scripts (such as forums, blogs and CMSes), then you should make sure you are running the latest versions prior to testing. If you find something broken, contact the developer of your 3rd party PHP application - I am sure they would be very interested in any issue their software has with PHP 5.4 - if they aren't aware of it already. Be sure to have a look at the above wiki article on information about running PHP scripts through suPHP.

PHP 5.3

Once PHP 5.4.1 is released, we will continue to run PHP 5.3.x as the legacy version of PHP through suPHP. This is to ensure that even if some people have problems with PHP 5.4.x, they will still be able to use their hosting without problems until their issues are resolved.

PHP 5.2

PHP 5.2 is quite old now, and has not been developed for over a year. It is our intention to stop offering this once PHP 5.4.1 is released for security reasons. If anyone has any problem with this, please let us know of your situation in the support forum.

PHP 6-dev

PHP 6 is no longer actively developed, so we will no longer be offering it. Instead we will regularly compile the latest development snapshots of the PHP trunk.

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Re: PHP 5.4 Rollout

Postby jimmybond » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:09 am

Very pleased to see PHP 5.4 update with a FastCGI handler,Many thanks for your effort to keep server up-to-date!
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