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Welcome to Phing!
This is only a quick installation guide. For a more details procedure
see the usersguide pdf in docs/pdf.
At this point we assume you have a running Windows NT/2000/XP system
running and you properly installed PHP 5.0.2+. Windows 9x versions will
probably work, but are not supported. Make sure that XSL is enabled (e.g.
enable php_xsl.dll in your php.ini file) if you want to perform builds
that require XSLT transformation (e.g. many Binarycloud buildfiles, the
Phing "phing_guide" documentation buildfile).
PEAR Installation
NOTE: As of Phing 2.0.0b1, Phing is available as a PEAR package. This
makes installing Phing a million times easier than it already was (and
most people say that it wasn't too hard in the first place). Visit to either download the latest Phing PEAR-installable
package or to learn how to install directly over the network.
If you are reading this document, then you are probably wanting to do
the custom install, though, so read on ...
Custom Installation
First download a matching PHING distribution from and
unzip it to the desired install directory.
| Note: On Windows 95 and Windows 98, the script used to launch |
| Phing will have problems if PHING_HOME is a long filename. This is |
| due to limitations in the OS's handling of the "for" batch-file |
| statement. It is recommended, therefore, that Phing be installed in |
| a short path, such as C:\opt\phing. |
The batch script used to launch phing (bin\phing.bat) will attempt to
guess most settings if you do not provide them explicitly. At this point
you may want to try running Phing to see how you fare:
C:\opt\phing\bin\phing -version
If that worked, then no further setup is necessary; however, you probably
want to add C:\opt\phing\bin to your PATH environment variable to make it
easier to run Phing from any location.
| Note: See for |
| information on how to set environment variables. |
More Detailed Install Instruction
If Phing did not run out-of-the-box, then you will probably need to set some
environment variables so that Phing knows where to find the PHP executable,
necessary classes, etc.
* Setting %PHP_COMMAND%
If your PHP executable is *not* on the PATH, then you should set the
PHP_COMMAND environment variable to point to the CLI binary of PHP.
For example, if you use the default install dir of PHP, you have to
set PHP_COMMAND=C:\php\php.exe
* Setting %PHING_HOME%
You may also set the path to Phing's home directory. This is no longer
necessary if you have not moved any files around (i.e. if the phing.bat
file is in bin/ sub directory). If you encounter problems running Phing,
you probably want to set this variable (just to be sure):
set PHING_HOME=C:\opt\phing
You may also set a PHP_CLASSPATH variable to add any other locations to
PHP's include_path (Of course, you may also simply add other locations
directly to the include_path variable in php.ini):
You can make additional classpath entries if there's a need for them. I.e.
adding %BCHOME% if you want to access binarycloud packages.
* Setting %PATH%
Now you can add the phing executable to your PATH environment:
You're Done!
You should now be able to execute Phing from everywhere in your system.
Try it by changing back to your home and type:
> phing -version
Congratulations, you successfully installed Phing.
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