I’m back from my surgery. Thankfully, the laptop from my new employer arrived just in time to keep me occupied during recovery. It’s a 17″ MacBook Pro with the 1920×1200 resolution screen (Sah-weet!). 4 GB of RAM. I must say, this is probably the only machine that could have EVER switched me to being a Mac user. I will write a comprehensive review of what (still) bothers the hell out of me (after two weeks of use) in OS X, and what I find really cool (hint: the Unix prompt is #1). Anyway, I digress…
I just had the pleasure of installing PHP on Mac OS X. It took me about 3 hours to compile PHP 5.2.4 with MySQL, GD, and XML DOM API. By 3 hours, I mean, to find all the libraries, download them, compile them and install. I know OS X ships with PHP 4, but c’mon — PHP 4 will be discontinued by the end of the year.
I had to build it all from source. It was the only way to get those options. There are no pre-compiled binaries for OS X.
I will not go through all the steps. I will only point out the problems that I’ve had with the installation (of which there weren’t many).
To install PHP, you obviously need the PHP library, MySQL, and GD. GD also requires
(outlined in the link above)
The one error message I received was “dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql/libmysqlclient.15.dylib” when running ‘make install’ for PHP.
I found a “dirty” fix at MySQL Forums. Run:
cp libmysqlclient.15.dylib mysql/libmysqlclient.15.dylib
Next up: making Eclipse use the PHP parser to debug my scripts (first time ever doing this!)
Also: Using Smarty to separate function from form.
[Edit]: For some really strange reason, I cannot get symbolic links to work in user directories in OS X’s apache server (version 1.3??). In any case, I had to settle for writing symbolic links to the freaking document root directory, conveniently located (outside any Unix or Linux conventions) in /Library/Webserver/Documents/. Yes, I tried editing the httpd.conf file, I looked at file permissions, but everything looks fine. I spent about 2 more hours on this, before I lost my mind. With that, I go to sleep… (damn you FollowSymLinks, damn you!!!!!!)