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Installing PEAR Mail Package on MAMP and XAMPP

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If you want your visitors to be able to send you an email from your site there are several options including mailto, sendmail or Postfix. There are also numerous sites offering contact forms for free. For a while I was using the excellent swiftmailer which performed perfectly on both my local and remote servers for a while, but subsequently ceased working on my remote server (presumably because of some configuration change by my hosting provider which I never did get to the bottom of).

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Starting XAMPP’s Apache Server at System Startup on Mac OS X

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Until I recently switched to XAMPP I had been using MAMP to provide a local server environment on my Mac. A small but none the less important feature of MAMP is an option to have the Apache and MySQL servers started when you open the application. So, by checking this option and including MAMP as a Login Item my MAMP servers were up-and-running when I logged in. Unfortunately, XAMPP has no such option. Including XAMPP as a Login Item merely opens the XAMPP Control.app and I have to start the servers manually. An extra step I’d rather not have to do.

So, how can I have my XAMPP servers running whenever I login? The answer, by using a daemon.

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eMobile and Snow Leopard Fix. Hoorah!

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After successfully performing a clean install of Snow Leopard on my MacBook I fell at the first hurdle: eMobile. My D12HW USB Modem simply didn’t want to connect under SL.

A quick call to eMobile and I was told to simply re-install the eMobile HW Utility and use it to configure the modem. No luck. SL kept reporting an AutoOpen error whenever I tried to open the utility. A second call to eMobile. Now I’m told that the eMobile HW Utility is not compatible with SL and they have no idea when it will be. Sigh.

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Configuring Virtual Hosts in XAMPP on Mac OS X

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A while back I posted about configuring virtual hosts in MAMP. More recently I noticed that MAMP hadn’t been updated in nearly a year and their support forum resembled a wilderness. Thinking that maybe the writing was on the wall for MAMP I started looking for an alternative and came across XAMPP.

XAMPP provides a similar local server environment to MAMP, but configuring virtual hosts is a little different. Unlike the Pro version of MAMP , XAMPP doesn’t have a nice GUI to allow virtual hosts to be configured easily. So, there is no alternative but to do it manually.

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Configuring Virtual Hosts in MAMP on a Mac

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If you need to easily set-up and maintain a local server environment on your Mac then look no further than MAMP. MAMP comes with Apache, MySQL and PHP and provides a local server environment independent of that installed as default on macOS. And it’s free.

However, out-of-the-box you’re limited to a single local host. This can prove inconvenient when developing multiple sites each requiring their own local host. The most convenient and cost effective way to overcome this limitation is to use virtual hosts.

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