JSON install for CentOS 5.6 /  PHP 5.1.6

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Hi -

I tried installing JSON with our curent PHP 5.1.6...

>> pecl install json
No releases available for package "pecl.php.net/json"
Cannot initialize 'json', invalid or missing package file
Package "json" is not valid
install failed

So I then tried to upgrade our PHP 5.1.6 install (to 5.2+ which I understand includes JSON)...

>> yum update "*php*"
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirror.atlantic.net
 * extras: centos-distro.cavecreek.net
 * updates: mirror.nandomedia.com
Setting up Update Process
No Packages marked for Update

I'm not sure what my next step is to get JSON installed.  Thanks in advance for your help!
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Top Expert 2011
yum install php53


Thanks for the fast reply!  I tried this on our test box and came up with a conflict.  

Error: php53-common conflicts with php-common
 You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem
 You could try running: package-cleanup --problems
                        package-cleanup --dupes
                        rpm -Va --nofiles --nodigest
The program package-cleanup is found in the yum-utils package.

(I'm not a Linux admin.)  Is PHP 5.3 ok to run on a production box or is it safer to install 5.2.x?  

Top Expert 2011

Yes, php53 is ok to run on production and it is better than 5.2.x.

Please get a developer box to uninstall all php 5.1.x and install php53 on it to avoid breaking something which require php 5.1.x if there is any.

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