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PEAR on OS X Lion

After upgrading to OSX Lion, I discovered that both PEAR and PECL had gone missing. It turns out that you have to re-install them, but luckily it's quite simple. I found this quick guide from Ruggero De Pellegrini on Google+, and thought I would share the info to save you the confusion:

  1. Download the installer curl http://pear.php.net/go-pear.phar > go-pear.php
  2. Start the installation procedure with sudo sudo php -q go-pear.php
  3. Select a new installation base ($prefix) e.g. /usr/local
  4. Proceed with the install.
  5. If there is no /etc/php.ini file yet, copy the default sudo cp /etc/php.ini.default /etc/php.ini
  6. Edit /etc/php.ini and change the line ;include_path = ".:/php/includes" to include_path = ".:/usr/local/share/pear"
  7. Add /usr/local/bin/ to your path if you haven't already, e.g. in .profile

To test it, run either pecl or pear in Terminal.app and see if it works.

@pdodd

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pdodd commented May 27, 2012

Thanks for posting - I found a few of these "pear on lion" walkthroughs, yours was the first one to work!

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macek commented May 28, 2012

pdodd, I'm glad it could help you out. I originally found this doing some Googling myself. I copy/pasted it for personal records not even thinking that someone else would stumble across it someday. Take care :)

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etuchscherer commented Nov 29, 2012

I love it when stuff works as advertised. Thanks for posting !

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Coffee-fan commented Apr 27, 2013

Thanks, it helped me too. The only difference is that because I use homebrew, I installed pear into /opt and then created a /opt/local/bin which I added to my profile and also created there symlinks to pear and pecl.

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