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lundi 7 novembre 2016

Red Hat will provide PHP 7.0 for RHEL

Announcement: Red Hat Software Collections 2.3 now beta

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mardi 20 septembre 2016

Microsoft SQL Server from PHP

Here is a small comparison of the various solutions to use a Microsoft SQL Server database from PHP, on Linux.

All the tests have be run on Fedora 23 but should work on RHEL or CentOS version 7.

Tested extensions:


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samedi 23 juillet 2016

New "remi-php71" repository

I've just open the remi-php71 repository for Fedora ≥ 23 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 6.

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mardi 28 juin 2016

PHP version 7.0 in Fedora 25

FESCO have approved, for Fedora 25 the upgrade from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.0.


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samedi 11 juin 2016

PHP 7.1 and number check

PHP 7.1 introduce a new check during conversion of string to number.

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vendredi 10 juin 2016

PHP 7.1 as Software Collection

Version 7.1.0 Alpha 1 is released. It's now enter the stabilisation phase for the developpers, and the test phase for the users.

RPM of this upcoming version of PHP 7.1, are available in remi repository for Fedora 22, 23, 24 and Enterprise Linux 6, 7 (RHEL, CentOS, ...) in a fresh new Software Collection (php71) allowing its installation beside the system version.

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samedi 16 avril 2016

My PHP Workstation

Warning: this entry is old, see the updated version for Fedora and EL ≥ 8.

I often read questions about how to use an old PHP version on Fedora (which have 7.0) or a more recent version on  RHEL / CentOS (which have 5.4).

A developer using PHP often need to test his work with various versions. So here is a description of the Workstation I use daily.

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mercredi 30 mars 2016

Download statistics by PHP Version

Here is some download statistics from remi repository, for the various PHP versions available.

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jeudi 3 décembre 2015

PHP version 7.0.0 is released!

RC8 was GOLD, so version 7.0.0 GA is just released, at planed date.

A great thanks to all developers who have contributed to this new major and long awaiting version of PHP and thanks to all testers of the RC versions who have allowed us to deliver a good quality version.

RPM are available in the remi-php70 repository for Fedora  21 and Enterprise Linux  6 (RHEL, CentOS) and as Software Collection in the remi-safe repository.

Thanks to the great performance of this version, you will be able to contribute to the fight against global warming by powering off half of yours servers!

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vendredi 27 novembre 2015

Forum PHP in Paris 2015

Back from Forum PHP Paris 2015.

First, a huge thanks to AFUP for the organization of this great event, as always, reception was beyond reproach.

This event was, once more, a great opportunity for many and rewarding meetings with lot of  PHP developers and users.

This year was exceptional, because PHP is 20 years old, AFUP is 15 years old and of course because of upcoming  PHP version 7:


On the photo : (top) Derick Rethans, Anatol Belski, me, Zeev Suraski, (bottom) Pierre Joye, Rasmus Lerdorf, Bob Weinand and Nikita Popov.

More photos on Flickr.

I had the change to give a talk about collaboration between upstream (projects) and downstream (distribution) with an important part about QA management by the Fedora project.

Read the slides: Paris2015.pdf.

Feedback seems good, see

I waiting for next meetings.

lundi 9 novembre 2015

PHPUnit code coverage benchmark

As already said numerous time, PHP 7 is faster than PHP 5.

Since PHPUnit 4.8 you can choose between XDebug and phpdbg as driver to retrieve code coverage data, see PHPUnit 4.8: Code Coverage Support.

Here is some benchmark results.

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mercredi 9 septembre 2015

Windows files access from Linux in PHP

I just discover the libsmbclient-php project, here some information.

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vendredi 24 juillet 2015

New "remi-php70" repository

I've just open the remi-php70 repository for Fedora ≥ 21 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 6.

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mardi 7 juillet 2015

About libmcrypt and php-mcrypt

I can't count the number of time I had to explain why using this library or this PHP extension is a terrible mistake. So time to blog about  it.


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mardi 23 juin 2015

Red Hat provides PHP 5.6 for RHEL (and CentOS)

Announcement : Red Hat Software Collections 2 – now generally available

And for CentOS : Software Collections 2.0 available

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mercredi 25 mars 2015

PHP 7.0 as Software Collection

RPM of upcoming major version of PHP 7.0, are available in remi repository for Fedora 20, 21, 22 and Enterprise Linux 6, 7 (RHEL, CentOS, ...) in a fresh new Software Collection (php70) allowing its installation beside the system version.

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jeudi 11 décembre 2014

PHP-FPM in Docker

Use case : running php 5.3.3 on a Fedora 20 / 21 development workstation, for production deployment on  RHEL-6 (as no php 5.3 SCL exists).

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vendredi 28 novembre 2014

PHP version 5.5.20RC1 and 5.6.4RC1

emblem-notice-24.pngNEW : Release Candidate versions are now available in remi-test repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS) to allow more people to test them. They are only available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests.

RPM of PHP version 5.6.4RC1 as SCL are available in remi-test repository for Fedora 19-21 and Enterprise Linux.

RPM of PHP version 5.5.20RC1 as SCL are available in remi-test repository for Fedora 21 and Enterprise Linux.

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lundi 25 août 2014

PHP 5.6 as Software Collection

RPM of upcoming new major version of PHP 5.6, are available in remi repository for Fedora 19, 20, 21 and Enterprise Linux 6, 7 (RHEL, CentOS, ...) in a fresh new Software Collection (php56) allowing its installation beside the system version.

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mardi 12 août 2014

Koschei: continuous integration of PHP stack in Fedora

Continuous Integration is a common concern of all developers.

Most of projects  use some tool, like Travis (available on PHP have its own tests suite. This allow to check that each modification of the source code doesn't introduce any regression.

This seems enough for a project, but for the whole PHP stack, we need to:

  • check that any dependency update doesn't break other projects using it
  • check that a PHP update doesn't introduce any regression in other projects, as soon as a Release Candidate is released (PHP versions available in travis/github are often a bit outdated)
  • check that packaging related change doesn't break anything

The Koschei project is an answer to those needs, by supervising updates in rawhide (development branch of Fedora) and launching scratch build of all dependent packages.

As a lot of tools, libraries and framework are available in Fedora repository, they have been added so they are now monitored, especially:

  • PHP (only version 5.6 for now)
  • PHPUnit and its dependencies
  • Symfony
  • Doctrine
  • Horde
  • etc

Instance URL :

This new tool should have allowed us to detect sooner recent regressions introduced in PHP version 5.4.29 and 5.5.13. So I plan to import next  Release Candidate as soon as possible, so we can take benefit of this supervision.

For example, we just detect a new FTBFS in symfony test suite after the update of PHPUnit 4.2.0 (it was a packaging issue, and is already fixed).

Of course, it means we need to have a test suite for each project, and to run it during the package build, but this is, for a long time, part of the good practices.

We'll see how this tool behave, but I think it really brings an important improvement for continuous integration of the whole PHP stack.

This is also, and mostly, a tool for which results should give benefits to each project, proving the usefulness of projects collaboration (upstream / downstream), and giving even more interest, for each project, to be available in a downstream distribution, such as Fedora.

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