ubuntu include paths - why is pear in the default and php documention
First of all, I am just going to say, the include paths worked then stopped working for no reason I know.. I will sort it out sooner or later.
My questions is about why PEAR is so prominent a part of the include situation. First off, I have no idea what PEAR is. I never asked for it. It is bad enough that is involved with making include paths work, because it is in the default of this ubuntu server I built a minute ago. But PEAR also appears in the very brief, but room-for-PEAR explanation in the always-horrible php documenation at php.net.
If the first example, they are talking adding PEAR to the include path, in case you don't already have it in your default I guess.
I never use PEAR. What is the big deal about PEAR that is is all over php include path and documentation.?
Finally, i am going to comment about php docmentation at php.net. It is horrible. It never includes the obvious easy examples you need to try something, it only includes weird, esoteric examples that I am sure are of interest in some situations but for mere mortals who don't already know everything, it is ridiculous.
This include path problem is an example. I bet I have I have written successful include statements 10,000 times. It works like tnis
include 'path to file';
never a problem, I guess because I was lucky to be working on servers here the weirdness was worked out. I have had to deal with openbase directory and had other headaches, so I am saying I am not a nubie.
It is not working on the server I am setting up, and it should not be so hard. I get it this is part of setup, and I am learning about that. But what does PEAR have to do with it.
So, my question is: why is PEAR in the default include path on unbuntu, and why is PEAR so important that it is the first example given on include_dir in the php.net official documentation, and if PEAR is so important, how come I have programed tons of php and never had to deal with it or know what it is.