[php-maint] Finally packaging PEAR+deps

sean finney seanius at debian.org
Thu May 8 21:44:23 UTC 2008

On Thursday 08 May 2008 08:04:56 pm Gregory Colpart wrote:
> If you become the main maintainer of PEAR, I have some questions:
> - What do you think about my proposition of patch?
>   See
> http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-php-maint/2007-September/00310

i have a comment on this.  first and foremost, i would really like to see a 
sane setup for lenny, where we can some kind of way to have downloaded and 
debian-installed packages coexist to a certain extent.

regarding this particular fix though, my main concern is that it makes the 
system a bit schizophrenic about where stuff should be going.  i don't know, 
for example, whether any other packages make use of pear commands in their 
packaging/maintainer scripts.

i would say a true fix should do one of the following:

- properly patch pear to look in both places
- provide a /usr/bin/pear-local for the local admin to use, and 
leave /usr/bin/pear unchanged
- move the /usr-oriented pear out of /usr/bin, and have /usr/bin/pear act like 
pear-local in the previous example

or maybe someone else has another suggestion?

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