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PHP-FPM brought in to PHP core - interesting surprise

December 5th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Read it here: http://news.php.net/php.internals/46277.

First off, big thanks to Antony Dovgal. I've exchanged words with him in the past about PHP-FPM (and actually other PHP things) but was completely unaware he was working on this.

So, we've got a blessing but also an interesting dilemma on our hands. We've got a wishlist and some bugs to work out. I have a feeling if Antony updated some of the CGI internals it may have resolved some of those bugs. Not sure. I'm trying to get some specifics now - what version of PHP-FPM he brought in, how the community can still support it and how difficult it may be to submit patching, if he thinks a separate management daemon makes more sense than keeping it glued inside of the SAPI (it seems out of place to me for a SAPI to require a proprietary configuration file and daemon .pid, log, etc. files...)

Hopefully I can get ahold of him soon and discuss some of this. I was already mid-discussion with another PHP core developer about how they think the best approach would be to get PHP-FPM aligned with PHP core (they leaned more towards a separate SAPI too.)

My main goal is to make it easy as it can be for PHP-FPM to become an official package or included with PHP so that people who use PHP from repositories on their favorite distributions and such can enjoy the benefits of PHP-FPM without patches or separate downloads. If the management portion does split off, I fully intend on making sure it is aligned properly and is as simple as "apt-get install php5-fpm" or something of that nature. Still easily installed and everything.

Anyway, we'll see how things go. This caught me off guard and now I have to figure out at what point we're at now with development. Jérôme Loyet has expressed interested in trying to convert the configuration file to nginx style - something Andrei had told me he had wanted to do. The XML throws some people off, thinking it's an actual XML parsed document with XML include support and such... also if done right, this will allow PHP-FPM's configuration to support includes, and who knows, maybe variables some day. But for now it would be a lot cleaner to read, and it seems the majority of PHP-FPM users are nginx users already anyway 🙂

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