What are my options if the version of PHP packaged with Debian Wheezy is too old and I want to run something newer? Besides switching to Ubuntu stable or running Debian Jessie (not great for production), is there a way to only install the new version of php and continue to receive package updates for it?

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Under ubuntu, Ondřej Surý maintains a PPA with always up-to-date PHP version with modules and extensions. Hope this will be usefull.



you should be able to just add the newest packagelist.

Edit the sourcelist:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the packages to the end of the list:

deb http://packages.dotdeb.org wheezy-php55 all
deb-src http://packages.dotdeb.org wheezy-php55 all

Update the system:

sudo apt-get update

Reference: http://www.dev-metal.com/setup-latest-version-php-5-5-debian-wheezy-7-07-1-fix-gpg-key-error/

  • You forgot to mention the actual website that publishes these newest PHP versions for Debian. It is dotdeb.org May 5, 2014 at 10:26

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