php-pear package problems (Karmic)

Bug #420639 reported by LaChild on 2009-08-28
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
php5 (Debian)
Fix Released
php5 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: php-pear

Hey Guys,

I finally got the php-pear package working correctly on a fresh install of Karmic Alpha 4. Here's what I had to do to fix the package.

1st - The channels are invalid. After some research it turns out that this was a problem with this version of pear... See - To fix this I had to remove the .channels directory "/usr/share/php/.channels" and then update the channels and all was ok after that.

2nd - The symlink "/usr/share/php/docs" was broken. To fix I relinked to "/usr/share/doc/php-pear" and pear and pecl started to work correctly.

Hope this helps,

Changed in php5 (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Chuck Short (zulcss) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please answer these questions:
1. Is this reproducible?
2. If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug? Be as detailed as possible.
This will help us to find and resolve the problem.

Changed in php5 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
LaChild (shafer-w2002) wrote :

Pear + Pecl Channel issue:

Steps to reproduce:

1) sudo apt-get install php-pear
2) sudo pear install {any package}

result: is using a unsupported protocal - This should never happen.
install failed

Work around:

1) sudo rm -R /usr/share/php/.channels
2) sudo pear update-channels

Broken Symlink issue:

Steps to reproduce:

1) cd /usr/share/php/
2) ls -al

Symlink Doc is broken

Work around:
1) sudo rm /usr/share/php/doc
2) sudo ln -s /usr/share/doc/php-pear /usr/share/php/doc

Brett Bieber (brett-bieber) wrote :

I'm not sure how the .deb was packaged, but I suspect using a newer phar from the PEAR website, or the phar packaged with PHP-5.2.11 should fix this.

Till Klampaeckel (till-php) wrote :

This bug is technically two bugs in one.

1) A borked symlink (which is also present in upstream)

2) A borked phar in the 5.2.10 release.

Chuck Short (zulcss) wrote :

OK I can reproduce the dangling symlink. This is really 2 bug reports in one. Can you seperate out the two bugs here?


Changed in php5 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Till Klampaeckel (till-php) wrote :

I'd say "yes", but I don't know what it entails. :-)

Chuck Burgess (ashnazg) wrote :

Troubleshooting of the bad phar file issue has been done from the PEAR side on PEAR bug #16606 [1], in case that info helps with decisions on how to resolve the php-pear packaging in Karmic.

[1] --

Chuck Short (zulcss) wrote :

I was able to reproduce this:

Setting up php-pear (5.2.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu4) ...
chuck@kenny:~/work/server/samba/samba-3.4.1$ sudo pear -vv install Net_FTP is using a unsupported protocal - This should never happen.
Cannot initialize 'channel://', invalid or missing package file
Package "channel://" is not valid
install failed

I might have a fix for this bug.


Changed in php5 (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Chuck Short (zulcss)
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: Chuck Short (zulcss) → nobody
Chuck Short (zulcss) on 2009-10-02
tags: added: regression-potential
Changed in php5 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in php5 (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
Chuck Short (zulcss) wrote :

Ok there are actually two bugs here. I will concentrate on the pear bug hear please open another bug for the dangling symlink its less important right now.

So here are the things I have tried to fix this bug:

- Applied the patch from the php bug. (Still the same result)
- Patching the phar file (wont work checksums mismatch)
- Replacing the phar file (wont work build will fail)

So Im look for feedback on how to fix this bug short of merging php 5.2.11 from debian.


Chuck Burgess (ashnazg) wrote :

Given that the bad PEAR phar was packaged with both the 5.2.10 and 5.2.11 releases of PHP, the "fix" should definitely be creating your working PEAR installation by using the current working phar file from [1] rather than from one that was included with those two PHP releases. Judging from the file list I see for the karmic package [2], I'm not sure I can guess why you are experiencing "wont work build will fail". Don't you build the karmic package using the files from a successful PEAR installation?

[1] --
[2] --

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package php5 - 5.2.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu5

php5 (5.2.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu5) karmic; urgency=low

  * debian/control, debian/patches/115-autoconf_ftbfs.patch:, debian/series:
    Drop patch build-depend on autoconf2.13
  * pear/install-pear-nozlib.phar: PHP 5.2.10 was shipped with a broken
    install-pear-nozllib.phar which caused pear to be broken. Use the
    version from (LP: #420639)
  * debian/patches/fix-zlib-decompression: Add upstream fix from 5.2.11
    fo fix zlibe.deflage compress filter to actually accept level parameter.
  * debian/rules: Fix symlink for pear.

 -- Chuck Short <email address hidden> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:56:29 -0400

Changed in php5 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Chuck Burgess (ashnazg) wrote :

The symlink and zlib issues seem to remain in 5.2.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu5 per our testing on #pear... new bugs for each are forthcoming...

Chuck Burgess (ashnazg) wrote :
Chuck Burgess (ashnazg) wrote :
Changed in php5 (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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