PEAR::Mail on XAMPP for Windows

How to install the PEAR::Mail package (class) on XAMPP for Windows

What is PEAR::Mail?

"Mail" is a class that provides multiple interfaces for sending emails.

PEAR::Mail Installation on XAMPP for Windows

First run the XAMPP Control Panel and click on "Shell":


XAMPP for Windows Control Panel - run Shell


Type in the following code in the XAMPP Shell window:

pear install -a Mail


Install PEAR::Mail on XAMPP for Windows


Hit Enter to start the installation:


PEAR::Mail Installation


The option -a has automatically installed all other required packages.
The installation is done ... you can close the XAMPP for Windows shell.


If you get the error:
PHP Fatal error: Cannot use result of built-in function in write context in C:\xampp\php\pear\Archive\Tar.php on line 639

Open the file Tar.php in your text editor and scroll to line 639.

Change line 639 in Tar.php from:
v_att_list = & func_get_args();
v_att_list = func_get_args();
(remove the & so that func_get_args won't be called by reference)

Save the Tar.php and run "pear install -a Mail" again.

Test if PEAR::Mail is installed

You can test if PEAR and PEAR::Mail is installed using a simple php test file.
(Requires php 5.3.2 or php 7++)


File: test-pear-mail.php


if (!stream_resolve_include_path('System.php'))
    echo"PEAR not installed :(";
    echo"PEAR installed: ";
    echo stream_resolve_include_path('System.php');

if (!stream_resolve_include_path('Mail.php'))
    echo"\nPEAR::Mail not installed :(";
    echo"\nPEAR::Mail installed!: ";
    echo stream_resolve_include_path('Mail.php');



How it works:

The function "stream_resolve_include_path" resolves a filename against the include path.
It returns the path or false if the file was not found.
The file "System.php" contains the PEAR class and "Mail.php" the PEAR::Mail class.

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