PEAR Installation Woes

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I’ve found the need to do some installs from some PEAR channels, so I jumped into my command line on PHP 5.2.0 and windows xp sp2. I ran c:\php5.2\go-pear - which would launch the go-pear.bat file. I executed with standard permissions, and the unthinkable happened - a PEAR FAILURE. OH NO! But I was able to get around it. Lets look at the details of the error, and my lazy man’s way of solving it:

1-8, 'all' or Enter to continue:
Beginning install...
Configuration written to C:\WINDOWS\pear.ini...
Initialized registry...

Warning: Cannot use a scalar value as an array in phar://go-pear.phar/PEAR/Command.php on line 268

Warning: Cannot use a scalar value as an array in phar://go-pear.phar/PEAR/Command.php on line 268

And it just went worse from there! It finally ended with an installation failure message.

How I solved this issue without messing with the holy binary of PEAR

Pear has a front end now for their installation and management. This can be found here sorta. You actually need to download that source and name it go-pear.php. Load it up in your web browser and go from there.

The only configuration change I had to do was change the default directory prefix from my development testing browser location to c:\php5.2. So far it looks better (plus the web interface was pretty sweet!).

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