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Doc Bug #75918 PECL instructions lack first step
Submitted: 2018-02-05 10:35 UTC Modified: 2019-01-02 00:55 UTC
From: jb-debbugs at wisemo dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: PECL (PECL)
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: Windows
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2018-02-05 10:35 UTC] jb-debbugs at wisemo dot com
The instructions for installing (pre-compiled) PECL extensions on Windows, as found at

don't actually say how to get or find the PECL extensions on PECL.

Specifically, the text on that page begins by saying that installing pre-compiled extensions is the preferred way on Windows (good).

After some digressions on the build-from-source method, the page returns to talking about where to put the downloaded dll file (in the ext directory).  This is nice information for what to do after finding and getting an extension from PECL.

But throughout the page, there are no instructions (or even links to instructions) for actually getting pre-compiled extensions from the PECL repository.

Note that the previous page, while titled "Downloading PECL extensions", is all about the build-from-source method using the PECL command (which is not included in the official downloads from, thus mostly not applicable to the preferred pre-compiled way (except perhaps a few sentences).

Suggested fix:

Before the "Where to find an extension?" section, add a new extension titled "How to download an extension" with contents telling users to:

Go to, browse/search to the desired package, choose a version, click the relevant "DLL" link, download the zip file for the relevant PHP version, and extract the dll from there.


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-Package: Documentation problem +Package: PECL -PHP Version: 7.1.14 +PHP Version: Irrelevant
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