Pharao, create .phar files like a King
We have a small internal framework, which uses the Zend framework amongst other stuff. We chose Zend because it is well documented and widespread, and also feature rich. The basic framework (here I mean our framework) only includes some components of the Zend framework, but when we took a look at the amount of single files, we saw they were plenty!
This has it’s impact on svn checkouts and commits – time wise – rather than on disk usage.
Besides Zend there was also Limonade PHP, which was the basis of our ported version. Both are needed on load, but it would be easier if they could be combined into a single package. That’s when
phar files come into place.
You can see them as a zip/tar/gzip archive that contains all of the library files. Because it was kind of a hassle to generate one, I had to find some bits and pieces on the net, so I thought I’d collect them into an executable.
You just do:
pharao -s SOURCE_DIR -p PHARNAME.phar
And the phar should be generated.
Big credits to Cal Evans and John Douglass for all the code!
All is on GitHub and ready to be improved!