[nycphp-talk] MAMP setup tips wanted

David Mintz dmintz at
Sun Jan 30 14:35:02 EST 2005

Hi everybody.

I am soon to start teaching an introductory PHP class. Week 1 assignment
is get yourself up and running PHP 5.0.x w/ mysqli, MySQL 4.1.x and Apache
1.3.33 or 2.0.5x on your own development machine. I can talk about
installation and configuration from (modest) experience on Windows and
Linux, both with XAMPP and building from source, but not OS X because I
got no OS X machine to play with.

Generally speaking, can you try XAMPP for Linux on Mac OS X and get lucky?
Or, suppose you use a package like MAMP (
It looks wonderful but I would like MySQL 4.1.x and mysqli, which it
lacks -- how painful do you think it would be to upgrade its MySQL to
4.1.9, and possibly, if necessary, also update its PHP to include mysqli?

Stated differently:  is there a painless way for novices to get AMP going
on their Mac __with the latest production-quality__ versions of
everything? Last time I had students whose Macs already had AMP dating
from their OS installation time -- and in some cases that was pretty old.

Thanks and sorry for the verbosity,

David Mintz

"Don't let the liberal media tell you what to think
and feel. If you have hatred in your heart, let it out."

   -- Clayton Bigsby, black white supremacist

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