Antony Dovgal wrote:
I'd like to express my feelings on the "let's-enable-it-by-default" mood
that has emerged lately.
Extensions enabled by default in 5.2:
Total: 22 extensions
Extensions enabled by default in 5.3:
fileinfo - new, untested.
Phar - new, untested
sqlite3 - new, untested
Total: 26 extensions
All of the newly enabled extension are still in development and none of
them are known to be stable enough to be even included into the core,
but for some weird reason they got even enabled by default (i.e.
So we now have 3 (three) SQLite extensions, all of them too slow to be
used in real life (because SQLite itself is slow),
This is just your opinion. SQLite is fast enough for mainly static data
and its zero configuration setup makes it an ideal DB solution. Using
MySQL for the sake of MySQL isn't always the answer.
Regarding there being three extensions, sqlite uses libsqlite v2. I'd
remove it in a heartbeat if libsqlite v3 could read the database format
but that currently isn't the case. I'm looking to it now to see if
pulling out the db is possible.
ext/pdo_sqlite and ext/sqlite3 use the same underlying lib so its just
another wrapper but without the PDO crap on top.
two PDO extensions
(unmaintained, known to cause crashes), json (author's gone for a
burton; stability and necessity is arguable), fileinfo extension with no
tests and poorly written bundled lib known to cause crashes
and we in fact *officially recommend them* by enabling them all by default.
So why should we even bother disabling something?
Let's enable everything by default, most of the users use --disable-all
I can agree that disabling something that was already enabled in 5.2
might create some confusion, but why enable scarcely created extensions
by default, especially if they are known to cause lost of obscure
problems in the past (like Phar)?
I mean completely no offense to the developers of these extensions, but
I would like them (extensions) to be thoroughly tested and mature first,
after that we can discuss the question of adding them to the core.
And no, they must not be enabled by default unless they bring some
extra-useful functionality that the engine lacks (like SPL and
If you have ideas on testing without enabling them or bundling in the
build please do share. It's a chicken and egg situtation imho.
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