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I'm on a reseller plan, and one of my customers asked me this question:


"Does the TotalChoice implementation of PEAR include the DB.PHP. or should I include it, myself, locally."


Anyone have any guidance for me (and him)?





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I just today signed up with TCH but looking at the php info page, it clearly says "-with pear-" in the compile details at the top of the page.


See for yourself at

TCH Info page


I'll tell you something else that I noticed...


As a webdesigner that uses a ton of php and mysql, I was pleasantly surprised to see that TCH has compiled PHP with all the fun goodies that I was missing at my old hosting provider:

  • XSLT
  • Pear (at least it appears to be included)
  • Zend Optimizer
  • GD

And you can run cron jobs (automatic execution of certain scripts)


To me, this is HUGE!


In about 24-48 hours, I could give you a definitive answer.


Hope this helps a little.

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Surefire--- thanks for the kind words. Yes, TCH has many tools available to its users. Sometimes the issue of "latest and greatest" versions will be asked. It's always a choice between having a verison that's reliable, versus staying on the "bleeding edge" - as they used to call it.


I think the Head Guru and his staff do a good job of maintaining a good balance. Sometimes new security issues may force a newer version to be installed sooner than later, but they usually will give us a "heads up" when that happens.



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Both PEAR and DB.php are included on TCH servers. Usually, you need to define the location of DB.php via editing the .htaccess file on your site. I believe an entry like this should work for you:


php_value include_path ".:/usr/local/lib/php"


php_value include_path "/usr/local/lib/php"


Also, be sure you include a statement in your PHP program like this:


require_once 'DB.php';





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