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Old 12-18-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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PHP Upgrade on RHL

I am planning to upgrade our current PHP 5.1.6 (cli) Version to PHP 5.2.4 or later on a RHL (2.6.18-53.el5).

Can I upgrade php by just doing: # yum update php ?

$ uname -a
Linux 2.6.18-53.el5 #1 SMP Wed Oct 10 16:34:02 EDT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

$ php -v
PHP 5.1.6 (cli) (built: Feb 26 2009 07:01:10)

$ rpm -qa | grep php

I am a bit cautious since it's a live server and I've never done a PHP Upgrade. If something goes wrong, I wouldn't know how to roll it back if things do not work as expected.

Thank you.


>>>>>>> POST UPDATE <<<<<<<
I ran the command and these are the results (doesn't see any updates):
$ sudo yum update php
Loaded plugins: rhnplugin, security
Skipping security plugin, no data
Setting up Update Process
No Packages marked for Update

$ php -v
PHP 5.1.6 (cli) (built: Feb 26 2009 07:01:10)
Copyright (c) 1997-2006 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.1.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2006 Zend Technologies


Last edited by ceci2; 12-18-2009 at 01:52 PM. Reason: forgot to add important item.
Old 12-18-2009, 02:00 PM   #2
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The way RedHat does things is they come out with a version based on specific version of the project (PHP) then they maintain it for bug and security fixes so they're version usually has that base version followed by the RedHat version. So php-5.1.6 is the PHP base version. However, the 23.2.el5_3 is RedHat's modification of that base version.

If you want support from RedHat you should use the version they have in repository.

If you really need a higher version then you'd have to download the source from PHP project site and compile your own (recommended) -OR- see if you can find it compiled in the RedHat extras at Fedora project site or possibly by someone like Dag Wieers at his rpm site.

If you're doing this because of a security audit then you should explain the way packages are done with RHEL in your audit response. We just went through that here. From RedHat's site you can get detail about the specific bugs and security issues addressed in their version. I have that detail if you need it since I had to email it to our security admin when it came up here.

Last edited by MensaWater; 12-18-2009 at 02:02 PM.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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do you know the URL to find a compiled version?
I know there is a site but know where the url.




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