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The PHP Manual builds

The PHP Manual is written in DocBook and built by PhD, and these builds are rsynced to the web servers for users to use.

Mirror builds

The rsync box builds the manuals every night, at around 05:00 UTC. The web servers then pick up these builds when they sync, which usually happens every hour.

Doc server builds

The docs development server builds the manual six times a day (every 4 hours, starting at midnight UTC). This takes place on the euk2 server. An easy way to see when each translation was last built, is to look at the doc downloads page with dates. Also note that several old translations reside on this particular server, as it attempts to build every translation (both active and inactive).

CHM builds

The CHM version of the manual is built on a Windows machine and pulled on Fridays, for distribution to web servers. Richard maintains these builds.


Aside from running php configure.php –with-lang=foo (see editing) for a language, another way to check if the docs validated is by looking at build dates on the doc server. See "Doc server builds", above.

Additional notes

  • If a manual does not validate on some day, it will not be pushed to the web servers until it does validate (hopefully, the next day).
  • Only active translations are built on rsync box (and then pushed to regular mirrors). This is managed in web/php/includes/languages.inc
  • docs.php.net attempts to build all translations (both active and inactive). However, we use a broken-language.txt file in root of broken translations to disable those that are very outdated and failing to build for a long time.

The humans who manage these

If there is a problem with the synced builds, it's wise to contact Derick or Hannes. If a problem exists on the development server (docs.php.net), then contact Peter or the documentation team mailing list.