[mapserver-dev] Drop PHP4 support in MS 6.0?

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Mon Jan 25 16:41:34 EST 2010

Daniel Morissette wrote:
> Hi Devs,
> Does anyone see a need for maintaining PHP 4.x support in MapServer 6? 
> If not then I would move that we drop PHP 4 support in MapServer 6.0 to 
> take full advantage of PHP 5.
> At the moment, we support both PHP 5 and PHP 4. However, if we dropped 
> PHP4, we could better take advantage of some PHP 5 (ZEND Engine 2) 
> features. I am thinking of better mechanisms to handle the mapping of C 
> structs to PHP class properties for instance (see 
> http://trac.osgeo.org/mapserver/ticket/3273#comment:1).
> Since PHP 4 has reached its end of life on 2007-12-31 (2 years ago) and 
> is no longer available on the php.net website, and PHP 5 has been around 
> for about 5 years now, I don't think that would be considered a drastic 
> change, but I wanted to check here before we move forward.
> I'll start with my +1 for dropping PHP 4 support in MapServer 6.0.

(you're psychic I think - I am compiling PHP 5.3.1 for MS4W at this very 

I am +1 for dropping PHP4 support in MapServer.


Jeff McKenna
Director, Gateway Geomatics

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