PHP_CodeSniffer requires PHP version 5.1.2 or greater, although individual sniffs may have additional requirements such as external applications and scripts. See the Configuration Options manual page for a list of these requirements.
The SVN pre-commit hook requires PHP version 5.2.4 or greater due to its use of the vertical whitespace character.
The easiest way to install PHP_CodeSniffer is to use the PEAR installer. This will make the
phpcs command immediately available for use. To install PHP_CodeSniffer using the PEAR installer, first ensure you have installed PEAR and then run the following command:
pear install PHP_CodeSniffer
If you don't want to install PEAR, you can download the PHP_CodeSniffer source and run the
phpcs command directly from the GIT checkout:
git clone git://github.com/squizlabs/PHP_CodeSniffer.git cd PHP_CodeSniffer php scripts/phpcs -h
The documentation for PHP_CodeSniffer is available in the PEAR manual.
Information about upcoming features and releases is available on the Squiz Labs blog.
If you do contribute code to PHP_CodeSniffer, please make sure it conforms to the PEAR coding standard and that the PHP_CodeSniffer unit tests still pass. The easiest way to contribute is to work on a checkout of the repository, or your own fork, rather than an installed PEAR version. If you do this, you can run the following commands to check if everything is ready to submit:
cd PHP_CodeSniffer php scripts/phpcs --ignore=*/tests/* . -n
Which should give you no output, indicating that there are no PEAR coding standard errors. And then:
Which should give you no failures or errors. You can ignore any skipped tests as these are for external tools.
Bug reports and feature requests can be submitted on the PEAR bug tracker.