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I'm trying to install the php5-curl package, but I'm getting the dependency error:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 php5-curl : Depends: phpapi-20090626
             Depends: php5-common (= 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.11) but 5.5.5+dfsg-1+debphp.org~precise+2 is to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

I have found this guide here on Askubuntu, but I'm afraid that will downgrade my php installation to an older version, which I don't want.

This is the PHP version I have installed:

tomica@as5830tg-elementary:~/Documents/apktool$ php --version
PHP 5.5.5-1+debphp.org~precise+2 (cli) (built: Oct 28 2013 12:57:03) 
Copyright (c) 1997-2013 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.5.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2013 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.0.3-dev, Copyright (c) 1999-2013, by Zend Technologies

Is there any way for me to keep the PHP 5.5.5-1 and still install php-curl?

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  • File a bug report against php-curl and have the dependencies resolved by the package maintainer.
    – Panther
    May 16, 2014 at 21:47
  • @bodhi.zazen that's a good idea. Do you have any advice how I should file a bug report for php-curl? May 16, 2014 at 21:48
  • You file a bug report on launchpad - bugs.launchpad.net
    – Panther
    May 16, 2014 at 21:51
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    I have been using ppa:ondrej/php5 for PHP. This PPA includes php5-curl: php --version output: PHP 5.5.12-2+deb.sury.org~precise+1 (cli). In case you aren't aware, adding the PPA will update all PHP packages installed on your system to the latest in the PPA, assuming the PPA has a more recent version. Best performed on a test machine.
    – Paul
    May 16, 2014 at 21:57
  • @Paul your advice worked for me. Thanks a lot. Would you please post it as an answer so that I can accept it? May 16, 2014 at 22:13

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I have been using ppa:ondrej/php5 for PHP. This PPA includes php5-curl and FYI:

$ php --version

PHP 5.5.12-2+deb.sury.org~precise+1 (cli)

In case you aren't aware, adding the PPA will update all PHP packages installed on your system to the latest in the PPA, assuming the PPA has a more recent version. Best performed on a test machine.

If you are like me, you research who the owners and contributors of PPAs are. The owner and, so far, sole contributor to this PPA has a very high karma on Launchpad, regularly updates the PPAs he manages, and googling his email address reveals he is very active on a number of FOSS projects. As of the time of this answer, I consider the PPA reliable.

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  • Thanks again @Paul. I know of that repository, I've been using it before. But apparently for some reason I forgot to add it since my last OS installation. Added, updated, upgraded, installed php5-curl with no problem. May 16, 2014 at 22:22
  • @ТомицаКораћ Awesome! I just added his Postfix repository to my test server. I can't report yet that it's great for that (though I suspect it is), but that's really due to the fact that I'm completely re-configuring my mail server.
    – Paul
    May 16, 2014 at 22:28

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