After reinstalling the laptop setting up Zend Server 7.0 as the local enviroment, I ran into some issues when trying to install PHP Unit.
Specifically “could not extract the package.xml file” and “Error: cannot download “phpunit/PHP_Timer”, when running the command:
pear install phpunit/PHP_Timer
Turns out that from PHP 5.5.3 the pack/unpack format strings slightly different than the default Perl behavior, breaking backwards compatibility. This was updated with Pear version 1.3.11, but for some reason I was unable to update the pear version using Zend Server.
You can find out what Pear version you run by typing:
pear info archive_tar
It should return something like the string below, followed with the various settings.
It was easy enough to solve the issue by downloading and applying the patch.