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Andries Seutens' Blog:
Setting up phpUnderControl on Gentoo Linux
November 12, 2009 @ 09:09:50

Andries Seutens has written up a new post on getting the continuous integration software CruiseControl and phpUnderControl up and running on a Gentoo linux installation.

In this blog post I'll try to explain how you can setup phpUnderControl and CruiseControl. This guide is mostly focused on getting phpUnderControl to work on a Gentoo Linux system, so some things are OS specific.

You'll already need to have PHP up and running on the machine before starting the process, but Andries gives you everything from there - installing the needed Sun JDK, Xdebug, adding the packages for PHP_CodeSniffer, PHPUnit and phpUnderControl and the scripts to get phpUC and CruiseControl to work together. He also includes a sample project so you can see how to fit yours in.

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Advisory:
Gentoo Linux PHP Package Upgrade
October 08, 2007 @ 08:45:00

The Gentoo linux group has made a new package release for the PHP on their distribution:

PHP contains several vulnerabilities including buffer and integer overflows which could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code. [...] There is no known workaround at this time. All PHP users should upgrade to the latest version.

You can get more information on the issues that the new package corrects from the Gentoo advisory and use their emerge package manager to make the upgrade automatically.

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Kore Nordmann's Blog:
Installing cairo_wrapper on Gentoo
September 28, 2006 @ 07:37:25

Kore Nordmann looks at his attempt to install the cairo_wrapper and includes a handy note on how he found to get it working.

I tried to install the cairo_wrapper by Hartmut on my gentoo machines, to play around with it, and probably writing an output driver for Image_3D, but I had some problems installing it, I want to share.

He was seeing failures with phpize when he tried to compile it, but had a suggestion from Hartmut on something that would help - setting an environment variable (PHP_AUTOHEADER) and then running the pear command from there.

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Tobias Schlitt's Blog:
A pitty in Gentoos PHP distribution
March 16, 2006 @ 07:29:38

Tobias Schlitt has some comments to share after taking a look at the way the Gentoo project is handling its PHP installation (through Portage).

I love portage above everything else, believe me, but the PHP package sucks. Although it compiles really well and is very easy to configure (hey, thanks Sebastian and all the other maintainers!), Gentoo seems to have an issue with enabling certain compiling options by default. If you don't set any of the USE flags (configuration options for compiling packages through Portage) for PHP, it will simply compile with --disable-all and is completly unusable.

He discovered this when he was working through an install to test something for eZ components and had to add in flags to the system just to get anything he could use. HE wonders why the most basic flags arean't included just by default, making for a much easier time for most users just needing something to get started with.

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Stuart Herbet's Blog:
Gentoo's dev-lang/php Packages Being Stabilised
January 20, 2006 @ 06:56:57

On his Gentoo blog, Stuart Herbert has posted this update about the dev-lang/php packages being stabillised for the distribution of the OS.

On Wednesday, Luca filed a request to stabilise our new dev-lang/php packages. As of this morning, these are now the standard packages on the PPC64 and x86 architectures.

We're stabilising PHP-4.3.11 (for the folks who haven't ported packages to work with PHP 4.4's reference changes), PHP 4.4.1, and PHP 5.0.5 (for the early adopters who have binary-encrypted packages). PHP 4.4.2 and PHP 5.1.2 will be stabilised sometime in March (is my best guess).

He also lists some of the advantages that these new packages will bring to Gentoo, like: PHP5 support, a "one package install", the ability to run PHP4 and PHP5 concurrently, and the ability to install PECL packages easily.

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Stuart Herbert's Blog:
PHP 5 Stabilisation Re-visited
January 02, 2006 @ 16:28:46

On Stuart Herbert's blog, there's a new post with his look at the PHP implementation with in the structure of the Gentoo linux distribution.

We're three months after our original planned date of the 8th October 2005 for stabilising PHP 5 on Gentoo. Until we do stabilise, the PHP Herd encourages everyone to use the unstable dev-lang/php packages, either from Portage, or the very latest packages from the Gentoo PHP Overlay. The PHP Herd already considers the old-style PHP packages (dev-php/php et al) obsolete - and the sooner we can finally get rid of them the happier we will be.

I can't give you a timetable for when this will be done, as it's not the PHP Herd that does the stabilising [...] the PHP Herd hasalready stopped supporting the dev-php/php style packages (we all use dev-lang/php). January 2006 is a great month to start switching to dev-lang/php, if you haven't done so already!

It's mainly a message to end-users out there looking for information on the PHP support in this OS. It's wonderful to see the progress that's being made to keep one of the more popular linux distributions up-to-date in the realm of PHP...

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