I’m trying to track down a bug in my CMS Made Simple PHP code where I did something stupid with references (a rant on the PHP pass-by-value model available upon request). So it only manifests with PHP 4.4.x or PHP 5.0.5, since that’s where they finally decided to get strict with us idiot slackers. Neither of these are available as binary packages on Mac OS 10.4.
I was dismayed, shocked, stunned, dazed, and confused to learn that PHP was no longer a package for Fink. Dammit! Now I have to figure it out for myself. Crap.
With the help of a variety of pages out there on the web (especially this one), I was able to do it. Here’s how:
Install Fink, if you haven’t already. I use the “unstable” packages. Read the FAQ, and muck around with it for a while until you feel ready to proceed.
Install a wholehellovalotta packages using Fink:
I also installed the Fink version of MySQL server 4.1, client, and a bunch of shared libraries.
Next, gotta build ZLib:
curl -O ftp://ftp.simplesystems.org/pub/libpng/png/src/zlib-1.2.3.tar.gz
(su if necessary)
(I did my install work in /sw/src, but you could do it somewhere else if it pleases you more. Just take note of this other location when you need it later.)
Finally, we get PHP 5 .0.5 from http://us2.php.net/get/php-5.0.5.tar.gz/from/a/mirror
tar xzvf php-5.0.5.tar.gz
./configure --with-libjpeg=/sw --with-libtiff=/sw --with-libpng=/sw \
--with-gd --with-mysql=/sw --with-xml --with-apxs --with-exif \
--with-jpeg-dir=/sw --enable-exif --with-png-dir=/sw --with-zlib-dir=/sw \
(su if necessary)
Now, I already had a version of PHP installed before this, provided by Marc Liyanage’s excellent binary packages available at his page, so I didn’t need to tweak my php.ini file. If you do, you’d probably do something like:
cp /sw/src/php-5.0.5/php.ini-recommended /usr/local/lib/php.ini
and then edit into submission. You can also use the more general php.ini-dist instead of php.ini-recommended. I don’t know why they provide both — probably to confuse idiots like me. You’ll also need to register the PHP Mime Type with Apache. Edit your /etc/httpd/httpd.conf file, and add either to the general area or to a specific virtual host the line:
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
Now test it! Create a test file in your web root containing:
and browse on over to it. With any luck, you’ll be greeted with ahappy PHP 5.0.5 banner.
Celebrate this with red wine. Preferably good red wine. Then get back to coding. As should be obvious, I decided to document instead of code, but I didn’t skip that vital red wine step.