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> While I agree that it is certainly easier to keep the packages as
> UPSTREAM bundles them, I'm not convinced that this is always a good
> idea. If the effort is small, I'd rather patch the package to use the
> standard libraries and send the patch upstream. Not only because it's
> simply bad programming style but also because it's easier to handle
> security this way.
Best of luck with that ... but don't be surprised if UPSTREAM do not
adopt these patches. It's not always bad programming style - it's often
the only pragmatic thing to do.
UPSTREAM bundle libraries because bitter experience (with poor ISP and
shared hosting solutions) has taught the PHP community that if you need
a third-party library and you don't bundle it, chances are that the
third-party library won't be available.
(The PHP and PEAR community also have to accept a lot of the blame for
this state of affairs, by failing to provide an equivalent to CPAN from
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