PhpUnit on Win7 with XAMPP – ERROR: unable to unpack \PhpDocumentor-1.4.3.tgz

I took it upon myself to be a good boy developer and get php unit tests working on my Windows 7 box.  To get PHPUnit working properly with my XAMPP install, I found an excellent tutorial here: (@ Courtney Robinson’s log)

It was pure gold, though I encountered the following caveats at step 5:

As Courtney states could happen, PhpDocumentor was already installed with pear, so I had to:

pear uninstall  PhpDocumentor

But then when I went to install it again I received “ERROR: unable to unpack <install-path>\PhpDocumentor-1.4.3.tgz”. I scoured the net for a bit, and found the required action to be:

pear upgrade pear (Mine was up to date however)
pear upgrade Console_Getopt
pear upgrade Structures_Graph
pear install PhpDocumentor

Then I was back in business and able to finish step 6 in Courtney’s tutorial.

P.s. If you don’t see the PHP tab when you go to Tools->Options (as mentioned in step 6)  you likely have the full install of NetBeans 7 but have not opened or created a PHP project yet.  You will need to click File-> New Project, pick PHP, click Next; then you can click Cancel.  This will initialize the PHP references in Netbeans and provide the PHP context tab when viewing the Options screen.

4 Thoughts on “PhpUnit on Win7 with XAMPP – ERROR: unable to unpack \PhpDocumentor-1.4.3.tgz

  1. I can’t hear anything over the sound of how aweomse this article is.

  2. Super helpful! Saved the day

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  3. Mahadeb Raj Bangshe on May 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm said:

    Thanks! this is really helped me.

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