Has anyone successfully installed PEAR / pecl on Dreamhost? Is so how?

There are recurring queries about how to install PEAR’s pecl library system on Dreamhost, specifically to install the uploadprogress extension. While there is mention of the issues, they are from about 2006 - 2009. Currently the PHP / PEAR pieces installed on Dreamhost appear to be at the right levels, but still no indications that people have got pecl to work. Has anyone done this, and if so, how (as told to a newbie?)

Deep thanks in advance,

This very recent thread also seems to have hit a dead end:

Here’s the wiki for how to do it.