(Please excuse the gratuitous cross-post) Now that PHP 5.3 has been officially released, the Debian PHP packaging team would like to announce the availability of PHP 5.3 packages for initial public testing.
The packages are currently available for both amd64 and i386 users of testing/unstable, via the "experimental" release section of the debian packaging archive. To install these packages on your system, add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main you should then be able to install these packages with apt-get install -t experimental php5 (and you can replace php5 with a more specific package selection of course) DISCLAIMER: You should not install these packages on a production system, until they have recieved wider testing and review. I have given the packages limited local testing but due to the nature of the 5.3 upgrade it's possible that you may have problems with either the packaging or one of the many changes in this update! As time progresses we may set up an alternate location dedicated for php5.3 related packages, depending on demand, how many additional packages we need to rebuild for testing (all debian packages that build against the php API/ABI need to be updated) and how long we delay the transition to 5.3 in debian unstable. I should emphasize that we don't have plans to transition to PHP 5.3 in debian testing/unstable in the immediate future; at least not until we feel comfortable that the packages and software are reasonably stable and tested. So if you want to see this happen faster the best thing you can do is report to us with your problems (and successes!) using these packages. Please forward any and all feedback/problems to the Debian PHP team's mailing list and if you're convinced that there's a problem, the debian bug tracking system and/or the PHP bug tracking system depending on who you think should get the blame :). Sean Finney (and the rest of the Debian PHP Maintainers)  http://www.php.net/archive/2009.php#id2009-06-30-1  pkg-php-ma...@lists.alioth.debian.org  "reportbug php5"  http://bugs.php.net
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