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Magento – Downloader: Failed to download within preferred state “beta”, latest release is version x.x.x, stability “alpha”, use “channel://…” to install PEAR ERROR: install failed

When installing a Magento extension with Downloader, you may see this message: Failed to download magento-community/xxxx within preferred state “beta”, latest release is version x.x.x, stability “alpha”, use “channel://connect.magentocommerce.com/community/xxx” to install PEAR ERROR: install failed Following instructions, you may try and download using the method suggested and see: Invalid package identifier provided: channel://connect.magentocommerce.com/community/xxx Magento Connect [...]

Magento – Downloader error: Invalid file permissions, could not save configuration

If you see Invalid file permissions, could not save configuration in Magento’s downloader, usually when making changes to Settings such as Preferred state, make sure this file: (magento root)/downloader/config.ini is writeable by the webserver. If you don’t know how to do this properly, chmod 777¬†(magento root)/downloader/config.ini should fix your problems.

Magento – APC causes downloader error: Cannot redeclare class pear in /usr/share/php/PEAR/Registry.php

If Magento’s downloader is showing Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): Unknown error. and¬†Apache is throwing [apc-error] Cannot redeclare class pear in /usr/share/php/PEAR/Registry.php on line 22. make sure this is enabled in your /etc/php5/apache2/apc.ini file: apc.include_once_override = 1 if that doesn’t work, you can disable APC in the downloader/ directory by putting php_flag apc.cache_by_default Off inside (magento root)/downloader/.htaccess. [...]