Upcoming OwnCloud changes in EPEL
by James Hogarth
Following on the process of bringing OwnCloud up to date in Fedora we're
turning our attention to the EPEL users.
Unfortunately EL6's use of php53 means we cannot update any further there
given the minimum requirement of php54.
As such the maintenance update of 7.0.13 that is in epel-testing now for
EPEL6 will be the final one there to be followed by the retiring of the
If you wish to update from that please either migrate to an EL7 base system
or switch to the OwnCloud upstream packages which make use of SCL to
satisfy the php54+ requirement.
On the EPEL7 side of things 8.1.6 is due to hit testing very shortly. This
is a mandatory update as a precursor to the 8.2.3 update in due course.
Once this reaches live please ensure that updates are carried out and your
OwnCloud installation is fully tested prior to the 8.2.3 update.
This is due to a requirement from upstream that updates follow the path 8.0
-> 8.1 -> 8.2 -> 9.0.
Related to this when updating the EL6 install from the 7.0 version to an
EL7 or upstream SCL version please do make sure you follow the upgrade
chain correctly - it is not possible to skip a step.
Once the 8.2 goal is reached a discussion will be had then for EPEL as to
whether to provide owncloud82 and owncloud90 packages or to just stay on
the current major update - but that discussion is some time away as of yet.
The reason for picking owncloud82 as the possible base for this is that
this is the first version that has no php libraries bundled so will be the
easiest to provide the long term maintained base from in a clean fashion
complying to guidelines as closely as possible.