Hi devs,

For focal the server team will be transitioning PHP to 7.4 over the
coming weeks.

Since version 7.0, upstream PHP has adopted a regular release cadence,
with one release per year. Each release is supported for 2 years, plus a
third year of security critical fixes.[1] Changes from 7.3 to 7.4 are
modest, but the extra year of upstream support is a tangible benefit for
the Ubuntu LTS.

The language binary, php7.4, is already sync'd to universe in focal.
Remaining parts of the stack are in process by Debian, but are expected
to enter experimental/universe soon.  Initial build testing shows the
changes that have been queued in Debian's git package repos have
addressed most build issues, and will simply need synced/merged.

Let me know if there are questions/concerns.  Otherwise we will plan to
initiate the transition within the next week or so.


1: https://www.php.net/supported-versions.php

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