[LINK] RFI: Installing a Dev Environment on Mac OSX 10.4
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Feb 21 08:50:57 AEDT 2011
This is another of my dumb-bum requests for leads on a technical matter.
I guess it's justifiable on this list in that it underlines how even
Macs have become appliances. By that I mean that installation of
even a quite mainstream development environment requires the user to
get in under the bonnet, pull out a whole pile of spanners (and maybe
even a hammer), and rummage through old bookshops trying to find a
couple of old manuals.
Leads and advice much appreciated, thanks!
I have a short-term need to be able to run some development tools on
my ancient Mac G5, under Mac OSX 10.4.11. (That's the dead-end
version of the OS, using the old PowerPC chip, which is some years
behind the current version).
- Apache 2
- MySQL at least 5.1
- PHP 5.x, preferably 5.3
10.4.11 has old versions of Apache and PHP installed, and no MySQL.
I've tried to find out from Apple sites how to go about upgrades and
installations. But Apple sites seem to be a waste of space.
The answers I've found from mutual-help sites have been handy, but it
appears to require very careful work to achieve what I'm after.
OTOH, MAMP seems to be designed to do precisely what I want.
My concerns are:
(1) MAMP is naturally targeted at current 10.6, but *says* it only
requires 10.4 or above. Does it work on 10.4?
(2) In particular, does it over-write any files in-place?
If it does, then it *might* affect current performance (although
I don't think either Apache or PHP are currently used), and it
would prevent an uninstall function working properly
Any leads or advice would be much appreciated!
MAMP 1.9.4 (since 26 Oct 2010) contains:
- Apache 2.0.63
- MySQL 5.1.44
- PHP 5.2.13 & 5.3.2
it appears that there may be nothing to support development under
10.4, because Apple's focus is entirely on 10.6. But I'd have to
enrol and authenticate (and pay $99 - fair enough), in order to find
Discussions find nothing for 'apache' or 'webserver'
The most relevant 'Hints' are quite old:
OSX *current* version comes:
- with Apache 2 installed, ?and enabled by default
- with PHP installed, but disabled by default
- without MySQL
- but with PHP compiled with support for MySQL
So, **even on 10.6**, the following steps are needed:
- enable PHP
- find, download and install MySQL
- fiddle with the configs - possibly quite substantially
- turn web-sharing on (and think about resulting vulnerabilities)
**On 10.4**, it's first necessary to work out how to install current
versions of Apache 2 and PHP, and to do so without affecting the
device's existing functions, and in such a way that the new versions
can be uninstalled if necessary. And, after that, all of the steps
listed for 10.6 would still need to be performed.
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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