PEAR on a Shared Host
So sometimes one needs a standalone version of PEAR. Check out the the instructions on how to do an Installation of a local PEAR copy on a shared host.
This is quite useful when you are forced into using a clueless shared host who only have the bare PEAR installation on their servers, and have not ever considered installing DB, Mail, Net_SMTP, etc. which lots of people use instead of reinventing the wheel with each project. The added bonus of having and using your own standalone installation of PEAR is that you're able to install and upgrade your own PEAR installation as your need arises.