Quanta RefreshDoc

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This is a tutorial howto get the quanta-php-documentation up-to-date.

Please follow the step-by-step guide.

First: Install php-documentation

First, you have to install the php-documentation packet for your Distribution.

In Ubuntu, type:

sudo apt-get install php-doc

Second: Download newest php-documentation

If you do as proposed, the doc-files will have user-rights. In this case that is not important.

  • Visit http://www.php.net/download-docs.php and download the "Many HTML files "-archive for your prefered language.
  • Extract that package into your home-directory, so you have a directory /home/user/html
  • Copy these files into the doc-dir. (in Ubuntu: /usr/share/doc/php-doc/html)
# rm -fr /usr/share/doc/php-doc/html
# mv /home/user/html /usr/share/doc/php-doc/html

  • Execute
# chmod -R o+rwx /usr/share/doc/php-doc/html

Third: refresh docrc-file, so that Quanta has a new index

Install php-cli

In Ubuntu, type:

sudo apt-get install php-cli

Copy the code from this page and save it into the quanta-doc dir as /usr/share/apps/quanta/doc/gendoc.php

The script uses the php-XML-Reader. Because of that you have to make some html-files XML-valid:

  • Open /usr/share/apps/quanta/doc/php/index.html and /usr/share/apps/quanta/doc/php/funcref.html
  • Change the line
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">


<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
  • cd into /usr/share/apps/quanta/doc/
  • Execute (as root)
php gendoc.php php

That script will update php.docrc and create php_fref.docrc.

php.docrc is the file for the normal index of the php-documentation.

php-fref.docrc is an additional index file for all pages, functions are listed in it. I thought it could be convenient.

Fourth: Optional: Get better look-and-feel for the pages

It's possible to use a css-file on the documentation. Install and open KFileReplace.

  • Click Customize Search/Replace Session
  • Change Location to /usr/share/doc/php-doc/html
  • Set Filter to *.html
  • Disable including subfolders
  • Set Encoding to utf8
  • Don't type anything in Search or Replace
  • Click Search Later
  • Click on the Add string Button in main window
  • Activate Search and replace mode
  • Search for:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
   <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"

  • Replace with:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
   <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css" />
   <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"
Make sure that you don't have a newline at the end!
  • Click on the -> arrow.
  • Click OK
  • Click on the Replace Button (not Simulate) in the main window.
  • Create a style.css-File in /usr/share/doc/php-doc/html

Here you could modify the appearance.

If you like the php.net-style, download it from


and modify it. Maybe you want to make the font-size smaller etc.

Good luck

This page was last edited on 14 November 2010, at 08:25. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.