[TYPO3-core] [TYPO3-ect] Announcing TER cleanup process
Jigal van Hemert
jigal.van.hemert at typo3.org
Tue Jan 29 22:42:06 CET 2013
Everybody recognizes this situation: you're looking for an extension
with a certain functionality and after you've installed it all kinds of
errors appear about missing functions or even worse, you only see a
blank page. Further investigation shows that the extension isn't
compatible with your TYPO3 version.
For a long time extensions can set the TYPO3 version(s) they are
compatible with. Unfortunately not many extension authors use that
setting. You could take a look at the date of publication, but even that
won't be a sure sign.
To reduce the chances for such problems some things will change:
1. the dependency setting in an extension for a TYPO3 version (or a
range of versions) will become mandatory; this means that extensions
without a dependency for one of the currently supported core versions
will be rejected during the upload.
2. extensions without a TYPO3 dependency setting or with a dependency
for none of the current TYPO3 versions will be marked as "outdated".
3. "outdated" extensions will not show up at first in the TER search
results; you can activate a switch to also show "outdated" extensions.
4. "outdated" extensions will be clearly marked in the Extension Manager.
- Announcements in as many places as possible (end of January)
- Mails to extension authors to notify them of the changes (February)
- Patches for TYPO3 Extension Manager to display "outdated" extensions
differently (beginning of February)
- Rejecting extensions without valid dependency during upload (August
- Marking extensions without (valid) dependency in TER (beginning of
- Hiding "outdated" extensions in TER search (beginning of August 2013)
Definition of an "outdated" extension
An extension is called "outdated" if it has set a dependency for TYPO3,
but none of the versions it depends on is actively maintained. For
example: it has a dependency for TYPO3 4.0-4.3; all these versions are
'end-of-life' and this extension is clearly not designed to work with
any current TYPO3 installation.
Because a lot of extensions don't have a dependency set, we have to
expand the definition a bit in the beginning: extensions which were
uploaded before the release of the oldest, currently maintained TYPO3
version are also "outdated". If an extension was uploaded before the
release of TYPO3 4.5 it was obviously not tested with that version.
And in the (near) future...
Shortly we will have a 'gap' in the range of supported versions: 4.5
(LTS), 4.7, 6.0. This will mean that the check will be a bit more
complicated, but the basic rule will remain the same:
check if there is a match between the range of TYPO3 versions set in the
dependency property and the currently maintained versions.
Implications for integrators
If you search for extensions in TER after August 1st, 2013 these
"outdated" extensions will not show up immediately. Only if you activate
the option to include "outdated" extensions they will be included in the
results. It is still possible to download these extensions, but you need
If you search in the Extension Manager in the list of extensions in TER
the "outdated" extensions will not show up.
If you try to install an "outdated" extension (uploading it in the EM)
the behavior will depend on whether the TYPO3 dependency has been set or
not in the extension. This is the current situation already.
If an extension you currently use is marked as "outdated" there is
really no problem. It works for you, but it might not work in newer
TYPO3 versions. You could ask the extension author to update the extension.
Please note that also not-"outdated" extensions might fail with a new
TYPO3 core version. If the extension is compatible with TYPO3 4.5 it is
not "outdated", but it may be incompatible with TYPO3 4.7 you want to
upgrade to. Checks to see if your installation is upgrade-ready might be
a nice feature for a new tool.
Implications for extension authors
If you try to upload an extension without a dependency for TYPO3 or with
a dependency which is outside the range of currently supported TYPO3
versions your upload will be rejected and an error message will be
shown. Simply add to ext_emconf.php a dependency for the version(s) you
tested the extension with:
'constraints' => array(
'depends' => array(
'typo3' => '4.5.0-4.7.99',
You can set the minimum for a version of TYPO3 which is not supported
anymore, but then the maximum must be within the supported range. You
cannot set a maximum outside the range of supported versions.
What happens with "outdated" extensions and their keys?
Really, nothing much. They will remain in TER, but not as visible as
they were before. The extension keys will still remain with their owners.
If you upload a new version of an "outdated" extension it will appear
again in the search results, because the dependency is set for one or
more of the currently maintained TYPO3 versions.
Security issues and "outdated" extensions
The security team will give more attention to extensions which are
actively maintained. If a security issue is reported for an "outdated"
extension the normal procedure will be followed.
The information about the TYPO3 versions an extension will work with can
be used for other features of the TER and the Extension Manager.
In the future it will be possible to search for compatibility with a
specific TYPO3 version.
It would also be possible to show in the EM the list of extensions in
the TER which are compatible with the installed TYPO3 version.
A check to see if all installed extensions are compatible with a new
TYPO3 version before you perform the upgrade would also be possible.
The Extension Coordination Team  handles this operation. See  for
the wiki information. There is a mailing list / newsgroup
"typo3.teams.extension-coordination" to ask questions and discuss the
Jigal van Hemert
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Extension Coordination Team Leader
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