How can I handle the bz2 compressed manuals on Windows?
If you don't have an archiver-tool to handle bz2 files download the commandline tool
from Redhat (please find further information below).
If you would not like to use a command line tool, you can try free
tools like Stuffit Expander,
Quick Zip. If you
have tools like WinRAR or Power Archiver, you can
easily decompress the bz2 files with it. If you use Total Commander
(formerly Windows Commander),
a bz2 plugin for that program is available freely from the Total Commander site.
The bzip2 commandline tool from Redhat:
Win2k Sp2 users grab the latest version 1.0.2, all
other Windows user should grab version 1.00. After downloading rename
the executable to bzip2.exe. For convenience put it into a directory in
your path, e.g. C:\Windows where C represents your windows installation
Note: lang stands for your language and x for the desired format, e.g.: pdf.
To uncompress the php_manual_lang.x.bz2 follow these simple instructions:
open a command prompt window
cd to the folder where you stored the
invoke bzip2 -d php_manual_lang.x.bz2, extracting
php_manual_lang.x in the same folder
In case you downloaded the php_manual_lang.tar.bz2 with many html-files
in it, the procedure is the same. The only difference is that you got a file
php_manual_lang.tar. The tar format is known to be treated with most
common archivers on Windows like e.g. WinZip.
What does & beside argument mean in function declaration of e.g.
It means that the argument is
passed by reference and
the function will likely modify it corresponding to the documentation. You
can pass only variables this way and you don't need to pass them with
& in function call (it's even