PHP 5.5 as Software Collection
RPM of PHP 5.5, are available in remi repository for Fedora 21 and Enterprise Linux 6, 7 (RHEL, CentOS, ...) in a fresh new Software Collection (php55) allowing its installation beside the system version.
As I strongly believe in SCL potential to provide a simple way to allow installation of various versions simultaneously, and as I think it is useful to offer this feature to allow developers to test their applications, especially to check compatibility with this common version, and to allow sysadmin to prepare a migration or simply to use this version for some specific application, I decide to create this new SCL.
yum --enablerepo=remi install php55
To be noticed:
- as the SCL is independant from the system, and doesn't alter it, this SCL is available in remi repository
- installation is under the /opt/remi tree
- the Apache module, php55-php, is available, but of course, only one mod_php can be used (so you have to disable or uninstall any other, the one provided by the default "php" package still have priority)
- the FPM service (php55-php-fpm) is available, it listens on default port 9000, so you have to change the configuration if you want to use various FPM services simultaneously.
- the php55 command give a simple access to this new version, however the scl command is still the recommended way.
- PECL extensions are also available.
- only x86_64, no plan for other arch.
- this collection is not compatible with RHSCL 1.1 (so you need to choose your provider and take all packages from the same place).
Also read other entries about SCL.
$ scl enable php55 'php -v'
PHP 5.5.16 (cli) (built: Sep 3 2014 08:55:14)
Copyright (c) 1997-2014 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.5.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2014 Zend Technologies
with Zend OPcache v7.0.4-dev, Copyright (c) 1999-2014, by Zend Technologies
with Xdebug v2.2.5, Copyright (c) 2002-2014, by Derick Rethans
So Fedora 21 users are now able to simply run the 3 maintained versions of PHP simultaneously, 5.4 (SCL), 5.5 and 5.6 (system).
As always, your feedback is welcome, a SCL dedicated forum is open.