This section contains notes and hints specific to installing PHP on Mac OS X Server.
There are a few pre-packaged and pre-compiled versions of PHP for Mac OS X. This can help in setting up a standard configuration, but if you need to have a different set of features (such as a secure server, or a different database driver), you may need to build PHP and/or your web server yourself. If you are unfamiliar with building and compiling your own software, it's worth checking whether somebody has already built a packaged version of PHP with the features you need.
There are two slightly different versions of Mac OS X, client and server. The following is for OS X Server.
Get the latest distributions of Apache and PHP.
Untar them, and run the configure program on Apache like so.
./configure --exec-prefix=/usr \ --localstatedir=/var \ --mandir=/usr/share/man \ --libexecdir=/System/Library/Apache/Modules \ --iconsdir=/System/Library/Apache/Icons \ --includedir=/System/Library/Frameworks/Apache.framework/Versions/1.3/Headers \ --enable-shared=max \ --enable-module=most \ --target=apache
If you want the compiler to do some optimization., you may also want to add this line:
Next, go to the PHP 4 source directory and configure it.
./configure --prefix=/usr \ --sysconfdir=/etc \ --localstatedir=/var \ --mandir=/usr/share/man \ --with-xml \ --with-apache=/src/apache_1.3.12
Type make and make install. This will add a directory to your Apache source directory under src/modules/php4.
Now, reconfigure Apache to build in PHP 4.
./configure --exec-prefix=/usr \ --localstatedir=/var \ --mandir=/usr/share/man \ --libexecdir=/System/Library/Apache/Modules \ --iconsdir=/System/Library/Apache/Icons \ --includedir=/System/Library/Frameworks/Apache.framework/Versions/1.3/Headers \ --enable-shared=max \ --enable-module=most \ --target=apache \ --activate-module=src/modules/php4/libphp4.a
Copy and rename the php.ini-dist file to your bin directory from your PHP 4 source directory: cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/bin/php.ini or (if your don't have a local directory) cp php.ini-dist /usr/bin/php.ini.
Those tips are graciously provided by Marc Liyanage.
The PHP module for the Apache web server included in Mac OS X. This version includes support for the MySQL and PostgreSQL databases.
NOTE: Be careful when you do this, you could screw up your Apache web server!
Do this to install:
Open a terminal window.
Type wget http://www.diax.ch/users/liyanage/software/macosx/libphp4.so.gz, wait for the download to finish.
Type gunzip libphp4.so.gz.
Type sudo apxs -i -a -n php4 libphp4.so
Now type sudo open -a TextEdit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf. TextEdit will open with the web server configuration file. Locate these two lines towards the end of the file: (Use the Find command)
#AddType application/x-httpd-php .php #AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
Finally, type sudo apachectl graceful to restart the web server.
PHP should now be up and running. You can test it by dropping a file into your Sites folder which is called test.php. Into that file, write this line: <?php phpinfo() ?>.
Now open up 127.0.0.1/~your_username/test.php in your web browser. You should see a status table with information about the PHP module.