On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 4:13 PM, Tony Marston
<t...@marston-home.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> That's an amateur fudge, not a professional fix. Besides, what happens if
> your hosting company won't let you install PECL extensions?
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> "Eddie Drapkin" <oorza...@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>> On Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 2:47 PM, Tony Marston
>> <t...@marston-home.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>> "It is for the better"? How can you justify that? It is a problem that
>>> will
>>> cause a lot of headaches for a lot of users, yet the solution which I
>>> have
>>> proposed will remove that problem with only very little effort, yet still
>>> leave only one regex engine which has to be supported in PHP 6.
>>> You have to balance out the small bit of effort required in implementing
>>> this solution against the huge amount of effort required in changing
>>> thousands, if not millions of scripts.
>>> For the PHP developers to say "we can't be bothered to update the POSIX
>>> functions to deal with unicode, so we've decided to drop them from PHP
>>> entirely even though it will break lots of scripts" will not go down well
>>> in
>>> userland.
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>>> Tony Marston
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>>> "John Black" <s...@network-technologies.org> wrote in message
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>>>> 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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>>>> John
>>>> Intelligent Life
>>>> http://xkcd.com/638/
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>> The plan, as far as I am aware, is to move POSIX regular expressions
>> into PECL as of PHP6.  If you can fix your scripts by simply running
>> "pecl install ereg" what's all the hee-hawing about?
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Then you've got several options:
1) Don't upgrade PHP.
2) Pick a different hosting provider.
3) Fix your scripts.

You talk about a "professional" fix.  The right fix is to remove the
depracated elements from your scripts before upgrading PHP, which
realistically shouldn't be that big of a deal for the vast majority of
expressions.  Rather than accept the change and just fix your scripts,
you propose a problem that breaks a lot of other things and introduces
way more problems than it solves.

You're not the first person to post this exact same tantrum on this
list and the response has always been: fix your scripts or don't
upgrade.  Seeing as PHP 6 is a long ways away you've got plenty of
time to fix your scripts and it's not like this is being sprung
overnight, so do the real professional thing and upgrade your scripts,
if you want to upgrade (when 6 is released).  Breaking BC happens.

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