You might have noticed following issues in Mountain Lion:
- Web Sharing Preferences Panel has been removed, i.e. you need to launch apache manually or write some launch-agent script or hack to bring web-sharing preferences panel back
- User Sites (per-user web directories) is disabled, i.e. http://localhost/~username doesn’t work by default, and you need to modify apache config file to enable it
- PHP extension for Apache is disabled by default i.e. you need to enable it by modified apache config (httpd.conf)
- Subversion is not installed by default, either you can install using homebrew or by install XCode command line tools
You can fix these issues (1-4) by following these two links:
- Install and configure Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
- Where is SVN on OS X Mountain Lion?
Whenever I upgrade to newer version of OSX, I end up with broken development-setup i.e. custom permissions on directories are messed up, configuration files are overwritten/removed, etc.
I think, I have found a way to keep default directory permissions, so future upgrades don’t break things.
My development setup requires my virtual hosts to use directories within my home-directory (and outside of
I am using following technique to setup my virtual-hosts:
- Enable User Sites (i.e. fix #2 problem above)
- Create symbolic-links(symlinks) of your project folder(s) inside ~/Sites directory
SymLinksIfOwnerMatchoptions in virtual-host configuration.
In my case, I have a project inside
~/projects/myproject . I create a symlink of this directory inside
~/Sites, like this using Terminal (command-prompt)
$ ln -s ~/projects/myproject ~/Sites/myproject
I have following virtual-host configuration for this project:
<VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot "/Users/myusername/Sites/myproject/trunk/web" ServerName myproject ServerAdmin myusername@localhost Options Indexes MultiViews Includes +FollowSymlinks +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch CustomLog "/private/var/log/apache2/myproject_access.log" common ErrorLog "/private/var/log/apache2/myproject_error.log" </VirtualHost>
I use it on my development machine (i.e. my laptop), so I don’t really bother about security at Apache level, and I take care of security at firewall/other levels.
If you are going to use above technique/configuration, please understand everything (by reading documentation) before you use it.
This set up works for me and solves some problems for me – I don’t have to change default directory permissions, and I don’t have to keep my projects within