2.2. Downloading and Installing the PEAR Package Manager
Before you can dive into PEAR, you need to install and configure it in your development environment.
You can install the PEAR manager two ways: via the Web front end or via the command line. If your application runs in a shared hosting environment and you don't have SSH access to the server, use the Web front end. If you feel more at home with a black screen and a blinking cursor, use the command line. It's really up to you — they both install PEAR on your computer. We explain how to use both methods in the following sections.
2.2.1. Installing via Web front end
To install the PEAR package manager by using the Web front end, follow these steps:
Point your browser at http://pear.php.net/go-pear.
Your browser displays the PHP source as plain text.
Choose File Save As or File Save Page As (depending on your browser). Save the file as go-pear.php.
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