Possible release note for systems running PHP through CGI.
Dear release team and developer community,
due to changes in the mime-support package, upgrade of systems serving PHP
websites through CGI will not be automatic. There is
http://bugs.debian.org/674089 (critical) where the issue is discussed, and I
would like to reassign it to the release notes. Please let me know your
thoughts about this.
- PHP scripts can be executed by Apache httpd through libapache2-mod-php5 or
php5-cgi. Debian recommends libapache2-mod-php5, but there are still
thousands of installations wich report the use of php5-cgi according to the
Popularity Contest statistics.
- In Squeeze, using default configurations, files with ".php" in their name
such as "foo.php.jpeg" are executed as PHP scripts by the Apache web servers
runing PHP scripts through php5-cgi.
- To solve that problem, the media (MIME) type for PHP has been removed from
- This breaks the websites executing PHP scripts through php5-cgi, and
a solution is being be documented in the php5 package's NEWS file.
This will interrupt upgrade of servers using php5-cgi, but to avoid surprises,
the rough consensus in #674089 is also to document the same information in the
Therefore, I am probably going to reassign #674089 to the release-notes pseudo
package, unless a consensus emerges that this is not the proper solution.
Have a nice day,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan