To test things on our RHEL 5 production servers, I fire up CentOS 5 in VMWare. While we build PHP 5.2 manually in production, I try to avoid doing so just for testing. Unfortunately, CentOS 5 is packaged with PHP 5.1 by default which becomes a big difference between my testing and production environments. Fortunately, there is a CentOS yum repository out there with PHP 5.2. I thought I’d document this here for anyone else with the same problem.
The solution I found starts with this thread about upgrading PHP on the CentOS forums. To summarize, run these commands:
% cd /etc/yum.repos.d % wget http://dev.cnetos.org/centos/5/CentOS-Testing.repo
Then, edit the .repo file and set the
"enabled" value to
% yum list available php Available Packages php.i386 5.2.6-2.el5s2 c5-testing