Following my how to setup your mac web development environment, and today moving to Leopard, my entire offline environment is broken - this is entirely due to the move from Apache 1.3 to Apache 2.2.

This article will discuss the changes required to get your multi-host mac dev environment running again with PHP5, MySQL, Apache 2 and Leopard.

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Since we're running Apache 2.2, it means a few files have new homes. Here's a comparison:

/etc/httpd/httpd.conf => /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
/etc/httpd/users/ => /etc/httpd/users/

Get your virtual hosts back

Copy your .conf from your old httpd/users/ directory in to the new one (above). For example:

cp /etc/httpd/users/remy.conf /etc/apache2/users/remy.conf

If you restart apache (sudo apache restart) you should have the domains pointing to your sites.


PHP5 appears to come with Leopard (though I could be wrong, since I upgraded - please feel free to correct me). To re-enable it, within /etc/apache2/httpd.conf, around line 114 - you should find # LoadModule php5_module - uncomment this and restart apache.

Run a little PHP test, and you'll find you're running PHP again.


You have two options to get MySQL running again if you have the following error:

Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

  1. Reinstall PHP5 and compile it with the new path to the MySQL socket (/tmp/mysql.sock)
  2. Change MySQL's conf to run the socket out of the old location

Since Leopard gave me PHP 5.2.4, which according to Entropy PHP, is the latest version for Apache 2.x, I went with option 2.

If you don't already have the MySQL conf in /etc/my.cnf (I didn't), then you need to copy a template out of the support files from MySQL. If you followed the instructions from my previous article - then you'll need to run the following:

sudo cp /usr/local/mysql-standard-5.0.27-osx10.4-i686/support-files/my-small.cnf /etc/my.cnf

Replace small with whatever suits your setup best.

Now follow these steps:

1. Shutdown MySQL

mysqladmin -uroot shutdown

2. Change the conf

Change all occurrences of /tmp/mysql.sock to /var/mysql/mysql.sock

3. Create /var/mysql/

sudo mkdir /var/mysql
sudo chmod 777 /var/mysql

4. Start MySQL back up again

cd /usr/local/mysql/
sudo ./bin/safe_mysqld &

Wrap Up

That should be it. I've tried to document every change I made to get going again, but if you spot any mistakes or have trouble with these instructions let me know and I'll try to help.