Composer version available on Ubuntu 16.0.4

Asked by Axel De Acetis


Currently when you install Composer with apt you get 1.0.0 Beta version while official version is 1.2.2.

These last days I've been wondering what differences they are between Composer current official version and the one available on official website.

Are they similar in functionality ? Are there any big differences in usage ?
Is there any plan to upgrade apt package to latest version or are we stuck with it for a while ?

Thank you very much for your time.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

In the LTS releases, package updates are rare unless there is a significant bug or security issue to be resolved.

Frequently in Ubuntu, and especially in the LTS releases, the packages will be older versions than what is available on the official website of the package

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

One of these may have a newer version:

Remember to filter the PPA for Xenial, and as always with all PPAs they come with the same caveats on the package contents.

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Axel De Acetis (adeacetis) said :

Hi @actionparnsnip,

Thank you very much for the fast reply.

Then it looks like we are stuck with it for a while. Personally I've copied composer.phar file into /usr/bin folder and created an alias that point this file.

I don't need the package then although it would have been cleaner.

Have a nice evening,