The same can be said about the removal of magic_quotes(), it will break
A LOT of old scripts.
I am in the same boat, I did not keep up to date with the PHP developer
plans and just found out about ereg when I installed PHP 5.3.
I think it was handled properly by displaying warning messages before
actually removing it. It will give people enough time to update their
scripts or weed out the old and insecure scripts.
Yes, it will create some headache but, AFAIK, it is for the better.
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