[MediaWiki-l] Please lower MySQL requirements in next release

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 16:16:52 UTC 2018

We use CentOS 7. Red Hat supplies antique software. It offers Media
wiki 1.21, if I recall correctly. It is what it is. We had to take on
maintenance of Mediawiki because we wanted to offer newer features
users. Skins and extensions sometimes need something newer than what
the platform provides.

We've managed to update Apache, Python and PHP using SCL
However, we cannot get the MySQL update to work. We are stuck at MySQL
5.5.60. MySQL 5.5.60 was released April 2018.

We can't upgrade to to MW 1.31 due to CentOS's MySQL. We tried to
install MW 1.31 but maintenance/update.sh died when trying to update
the database. We had to go to backup and restore the installation.

It is not just CentOS. Other OSes, like Ubuntu 14 LTS, are boxing
users. For example Ubuntu 14 provides MySQL 5.5.62
(https://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=mysql-server). MySQL
5.5.62 was released October 2018.

Earlier I said "We've managed to update Apache, Python and PHP...".
SCL does not offer Composer. Composer is an entirely new set of
hardships. SCL probably does not offer Composer because dev tools have
no business being on a production server. While you may think
'composer update' is easy, it took us a day and a half to work around
all the problems and exceptions.

Please consider lowering the MySQL requirements. Most helpful would be
to lower and freeze all requirements for the next 3 or 5 years. A
requirements freeze would allow us (and other users) to upgrade
Mediawiki without the hassles and aggravations.

Thanks in advance.

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