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Mamp to the rescueposted by Tage Widsell 2009-04-09 at 13:20
Here's a little tip if you, like me, do web development using mac computers. Since the birth of Mac OS X, apache has been part of the system, but *nobody* knows how to make it behave properly. It's a wonderful idea - to carry your own web development environment around you (assuming you have a mac book or mac book pro - Mac Pros are less portable). But how do you get it to work? Simple things like selecting a new document root is beyond most people. Even *nix geeks fail because of Mac OS X "unix and then some" approach to things.
Enter MAMP. MAMP (Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP) is a simple download that installs and sets up Apache , MySQL and PHP on your computer. When you fire up the mamp application, it starts up the servers and lets you change the settings you need (like document root) in a orderly, mac like manner. Super easy. And it's free. And no, I'm not being paid to say this.
Here they are: mamp.info