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Re: PHP application packaging policy/best practice?

> On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 10:16:43AM +0100, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> > Le Mer 12 Janvier 2005 01:31, Matthew Palmer a ?crit :
> > > So you patch libfile2.php to require_once 'mylib/libfile1.php'
> > > instead of just 'libfile1.php'.
> >
> > oh and btw, the suggestion I did is better (IMHO) :
> >
> > replace require_once 'libfile.php'; with
> >
> > require dirname(__FILE__).'/'.'libfile1.php';
> >
> > because you are robust to _any_ mess done by the user with the
> > include_path (for a zero cost). You even not assume that
> > /usr/share/php is in the include_path.
> But it has two giant downsides:
> 1) It's ugly as all hell; and
> 2) Once people start getting into that habit, they forget all about
> other libraries, and where they might be, and start complaining
> bitterly and/or bundling other peoples' libraries into their
> libraries, which creates a mess.
> There's also the issue of how to get to the library in the first
> place from your application -- you then either need to hard-code the
> path somewhere in your app (which, if you do, I *will* beat you with
> a stick) or you're back to needing the include_path, which means that
> all of your dirname() magic isn't needed anyway.
> Oh, another useful tidbit -- file namespaces are useful.
> library/libfile1.php isn't very likely to conflict with another
> library/libfile1.php that someone wants to install, whereas
> libfile1.php could very well conflict.

well I agree it's not _that_ perfect. It's only that from a packager POV 
I find it more safe.

I've looked at PEAR's ways. and it does not use such mechanism. only the 
namespace trick. Well, I think it's the coder choice then ...
·O·  Pierre Habouzit
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