I’ve recently updated my Nextcloud jail to 15.0 and noticed one of the Apps wanted a newer version of PHP.  It was running PHP 7.1.17 (which isn’t really that out of date) but I thought it might be time for some PHP updates across a number of jails…

PHP is one of those web tools that’s used for lots of things (I’m sure I read somewhere that over 70% of websites are using it in some way, shape or form) but other than setting up and some basic configuration for specific services, I know very little about. Quite like a lot of things really!

Anyway, when I rebuilt my jails using iocage here the latest stable and workable version of PHP was 7.1. 7.2 had been released, but there were some known issues with Nextcloud, so I decided to stick with something more tried and tested for everything.

7.1 is still supported from a security perspective, although I would need to update it before the end of the year anyway, and I had a little time to try updating.

This timeline from the PHP website probably explains things better than I can!

Given how new 7.3 is (7.3.0) I thought 7.2 (7.2.13) was a better option. It was actually a fairly painless process, that went something like this:

- Snapshot the jails, database and files datasets (just to be on the safe side and 
allow me to roll-back if anything went wrong!)
- iocage exec nextcloud pkg update
- iocage exec nextcloud pkg upgrade
- iocage exec nextcloud pkg install php72 php72-bz2 php72-ctype php72-curl php72-dom
php72-exif php72-fileinfo php72-filter php72-gd php72-hash php72-iconv php72-intl
php72-json php72-mbstring php72-opcache php72-openssl php72-pdo php72-pdo_mysql
php72-pecl-APCu php72-pecl-redis php72-posix php72-session php72-simplexml php72-wddx
php72-xml php72-xmlreader php72-xmlwriter php72-xsl php72-zip php72-zlib
- iocage restart nextcloud

I actually prefer to console into the jail (iocage console nextcloud) to run the commands, but it’s easier to show them as the example above and obviously, my jail is called “nextcloud”.

Everything worked perfectly, so I thought I’d updated WordPress too! A few less PHP modules to update with this one:

- php72 php72-ctype php72-curl php72-filter php72-ftp php72-gd php72-hash php72-json 
php72-mysqli php72-openssl php72-pear php72-simplexml php72-tokenizer php72-xml
php72-zip php72-zlib

Overall, a fairly painless process which means I’m sitting pretty with Nextcloud and WordPress for some time now.

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