Last modified: 2010-03-12 22:35:48 UTC
There are inconsistencies between README and INSTALL, and between 1.3/1.4/1.5,
for the AMP prerequisites.
Some are due to the REL1_4 change INSTALL.188.8.131.52 not being applied to HEAD.
1. Monobook problem
README 1.3.13 - no mention of the 1.3 monobook incompatibility with PHP 5
1.4.5, 1.5alpha2 - mentions monobook problem in PHP section, which was
fixed in 1.4.x
2. Recommended PHP version in INSTALL - 3x "4.3.x" should be "4.3.2", 2x add "or
higher", 3x "preferred"->"recommended"
INSTALL: 1.3.13, 1.5alpha2 - "4.3.x is preferred"
1.4.5 - "4.3.x or 5.0.x is preferred"
README: 1.3.13, 1.4.5, 1.5alpha2 - "4.3.2 or higher is recommended"
3. Recommended MySQL version - 3x use README wording in INSTALL
INSTALL 1.3.13, 1.4.5, 1.5alpha2 - "4.0.x is preferred"
README "4.0 or later is strongly recommended"
4. MySQL 4.1 warnings
INSTALL 1.3.13, 1.5alpha2 - lack mention of MySQL 4.1
1.4.5 - refers MySQL 4.1 users to RELEASE-NOTES
RELEASE-NOTES 1.3.13 - lacks mention of MySQL 4.1
1.4.5 - deals with MySQL 4.1 authentication (bug 650), UTF8 key
(bug 1322) and backup issues
1.5alpha2 - only mentions the UTF8 key problem specifically (in
the to-do list)
5. PHP runtime options
RELEASE-NOTES has a security note about register_globals, which would also be
appropriate in INSTALL.
INSTALL could also have specific warnings about well-known PHP runtime options
known to break MediaWiki functionality. safe_mode is already mentioned in the
1.4.5 and 1.5alpha2 INSTALL, but the magic_quotes_* settings crop up from time
to time. Some are checked & prevent installation, so it would be nice to give
it is way better with 1.6 RELEASE-NOTES:
== Compatibility ==
Older PHP 4.2 and 4.1 releases are no longer supported; PHP 4 users must
upgrade to 4.3.3 or later.
MediaWiki 1.6 is the last major version to support PHP 4; future versions
will require PHP 5.
MySQL 3.23.x is no longer supported; some older hosts may need to upgrade.
At this time we still recommend 4.0, but 4.1/5.0 will work fine in most cases.