Recipe 26.2. Finding PEAR Packages


26.2.1. Problem

You want a listing of PEAR packages. From this list you want to learn more about each package and decide if you want to install it.

26.2.2. Solution

Browse packages at http://pear.php.net/packages.php or search for packages at http://pear.php.net/search.php. Use pear's remote-list command to get a listing of PEAR packages or the search command to search for packages. Explore listings of PEAR channel servers at PEAR Channel directory web sites http://www.upear.com/ or http://pear.php.net/channels/.

26.2.3. Discussion

There are a few ways to review available PEAR and PEAR-compatible packages. First, to browse the listings of official PEAR packages in a directory-style fashion, go to http://pear.php.net/packages.php. From there you can burrow into each individual PEAR category.

Alternatively, you can search through the listings at the following address: http://pear.php.net/search.php. The search page allows you to search by package name, author, category and release date.

You can also ask the PEAR installer to provide you with a listing using the remote-list command:

% pear remote-list Channel pear.php.net Available packages: ======================================== Package                         Version Auth_HTTP                       2.1.6 Auth                            1.3.0 Auth_SASL                       1.0.1 LiveUser                        0.16.11 Auth_PrefManager                1.1.4 Auth_RADIUS                     1.0.4 ... XML_Indexing                    0.3.6 XML_Feed_Parser                 0.3.0beta XML_RPC2                        0.0.7 XML_Query2XML                   0.6.0

The short form of remote-list is rl.

You may also query compatible PEAR Channel servers for available packages using the remote-list command with the -c flag specifying the channel to query. In order to do so, you must first make the PEAR installer aware of the alternate channel server. For example:

% pear channel-discover pearified.com Adding Channel "pearified.com" succeeded Discovery of channel "pearified.com" succeeded % pear remote-list -c pearified Retrieving data...0%....50%.... Channel pearified Available packages: ===================================== Package                            Version Editors_FCKeditor                  2.2.0 Editors_TinyMCE                    2.0.1 Icons_Silk                         1.3.0 ... Role_Web                           1.1.1 SimpleTest                         1.0.0 Smarty                             2.6.8

To search for package names from the command line, use the search command:

% pear search auth Retrieving data...0%....50%.... Matched packages, channel pear.php.net: ======================================= Package             Stable/(Latest)          Local Auth                1.3.0/(1.3.0 stable)     1.3.0 Creating an authentication                                              system. Auth_HTTP           2.1.6/(2.1.6 stable)     HTTP authentication Auth_PrefManager    1.1.4/(1.1.4 stable)     1.1.4 Preferences management class Auth_PrefManager2   -n/a-/(2.0.0dev1 alpha)  Preferences management class Auth_RADIUS         1.0.4/(1.0.4 stable)     Wrapper Classes for the RADIUS PECL. Auth_SASL           1.0.1/(1.0.1 stable)     Abstraction of various SASL mechanism                                              responses

This does a case-insensitive search of package names and returns the package name; the latest stable version; the latest version at any of dev, alpha, or beta states; the version you have installed locally (if any); and a short description about the package.

26.2.4. See Also

Recipe 26.3 to find more information about a package.




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