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How do I upgrade from PHP 5.2.0 to anything > PHP 5.2.3 on Debian Etch? Do I need to use backports (not quite sure how to do it)? I tried, but they don't support Etch. I'd like to upgrade to the latest 5.3.*, but I will be content with anything > 5.2.3.

My current sources.list:

deb etch main

Many thanks for any insight.


For reference, this serverfault post was no help because of the note I made above.

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It is time to upgrade. The is no longer any official security updates for etch. – Zoredache Jun 4 '11 at 18:18
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Debian Backports (for Etch) only has 5.2.0 anyway:

# apt-cache policy php5
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 5.3.6-11
  Version table:
     5.3.6-11 0
        800 sid/main amd64 Packages
     5.2.0+dfsg-8+etch16 0
        500 etch/main amd64 Packages

I checked this by first adding the Debian Backports source to my list:

deb etch-backports main

You should probably upgrade to Lenny or try to install Lenny's package, perhaps using APT pinning.

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Since upgrading isn't an option, I'll give APT pinning a try. Never heard of it, but after reading the page, it looks like it's what I'm after. – Jeff Jun 4 '11 at 13:08
BTW, +1 for the APT pinning link. ;) – Jeff Jun 4 '11 at 13:16

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