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Bug #56070 Fails to Install
Submitted: 2004-05-20 11:07 UTC Modified: 2015-03-23 19:52 UTC
From: iwarner at triangle-solutions dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: mailparse (PECL)
PHP Version: 5CVS-2004-05-20 (dev) OS: Win XP
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2004-05-20 11:07 UTC] iwarner at triangle-solutions dot com
I am trying to install this on winXP PHP 5.0.0 RC2

c:/php/ pear install mailparse

It downloads fine

It errors with 'mbstring not installed' - however this is installed and I get no errors of php to state otherwise.

On PHP 4.3x I get an error saying mailparse.dsp does not exist?

Help appreciated

Reproduce code:
C:\PHP>pear install mailparse
downloading mailparse-2.0b.tgz ...
Starting to download mailparse-2.0b.tgz (33,547 bytes)
.........done: 33,547 bytes
9 source files, building
The DSP mailparse.dsp does not exist.


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 [2013-11-16 01:15 UTC] john at jbwalker dot com
I believe there is a weakness in the documentation at and, not wishing to start a new bug, I felt that this bug was the closest to the problem I've noticed.

Running Windows 7 on a Lenovo laptop with an almost identical parallel AMP setup on a Toshiba laptop. The "almost" means that httpd.conf and php.ini were identical except that Apache and PHP were installed in different locations on the two computers (the config files reflected that; the problems below were NOT a result of errors in the configuration).

Initial setup of phpMyAdmin failed on the Lenovo because apparently mbstring couldn't be found. Yet the same php.ini worked on the Toshiba. Eventually noticed that in phpinfo, other extensions were not working either on the Lenovo but were working on the Toshiba. I eventually solved the problem by commenting out the tmp_upload_dir in httpd.conf for Apache (because I noticed that in phpinfo for the Lenovo, the php.ini seemed to be listed in its entirety on the entry for tmp_upload_dir).

Obviously this is a voodoo solution and needs further investigation. I've no idea why the solution would have anything to do with the problem observed but apparently something in httpd.conf resulted in the extensions directory not being found (extensions_dir is defined). 

But the point is that this mbstring problem seems to come up fairly often (I had it several years ago) and are not answered elsewhere on the web. I believe that the base problem is that extensions directory is sometimes not found and yet there is no error message to this effect.

Ideally this would be documented on at the link above. This link appears to only describe the install/compile. It makes no mention of the extension, which is provided by default on Windows systems these days.

Hope this is helpful.
 [2015-03-23 19:52 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug
 [2015-03-23 19:52 UTC]
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PS: @john

> not wishing to start a new bug

It doesn't make much sense, though, to add an only slightly related
(if at all) comment to a nearly ten year old bug report. If you
feel that your problem has not been addressed properly in the
meantime, please open a new bug report.
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