Tuesday, September 1, 2009

PEAR Installation Problem: unsupported protocal

I was trying to install PHPUnit, a member of XUnit family of testing frameworks. While running this command:

pear install phpunit/PHPUnit

I got this error:

pear.phpunit.de is using a unsupported protocal – This should never happen. install failed

What I found through investigation is that PEAR installations on PHP 5.2.9 and 5.2.10 seem to be corrupted and I am using PHP 5.2.9. This problem comes from corrupted channel files. The solution is: Go into your PEAR php directory and backup .channels directory.

cd `pear config-get php_dir`
mv .channels .channels-broken
pear update-channels

This means you lost all your channels except for the default ones (pear, pecl, doc and __uri) – but at least you do not have to re-install PEAR :)


Gil said...

Dear Mr. K. M. Fazle Azim,
THANK YOU for this solution post! It worked great to repair same problem on Ubuntu 9.10 "karmic koala"

dave said...

Thanks! This worked perfectly for me on OS X with ZendServer (PHP 5.2.10).