Validate a package-style dependency. Validation is performed in this sequence:
If the dependency package provides an extension through the <providesextension> tag, then see if it passes the extension validation test first and return if so.
If the list of packages to be installed contains a match for the dependency, use that to validate the dependency and return.
If the dependency package is already installed, make sure the installed version passes the conditions.
At this point, the dependency has failed. If the dependency is required, return a PEAR_Error containing the failure error message, otherwise return an array containing the error message.
dependency array as defined by package.xml 2.0
whether this is a required or optional dependency
array of PEAR_Downloader_Package objects representing packages to be downloaded that can be used to validate dependencies
if TRUE, then deps on pear.php.net that fail will also check against pecl.php.net packages to accommodate extensions that have moved to pecl.php.net from pear.php.net
throws no exceptions thrown
This function can not be called statically.