Apple's new operating system, Mac OS X, has a UNIX at it's core. What can you do with that? Make a killer development box that includes runtime environments for PHP and MySQL! This article runs you through all the steps for building Apache, MySQL, and PHP on your Mac OS X-based box.
This article assumes that you are a user with Administrator privileges and that the Mac OS X Developer Tools are installed. If the Developer Tools are not installed, they can be installed from the grey Developer Tools CD that came with your copy of Mac OS X.
To get everything you'll need to follow this article, open up a terminal. The Terminal program can be found in /Applications/Utilities and looks like this:
Type the following commands into your terminal (don't type the %s, they are just representative of the prompt).
% cd /tmp % wget http://download.sourceforge.net/pub/mirrors/mysql/Downloads/MySQL-3.23/mysql-3.23.38.tar.gz % wget http://httpd.apache.org/dist/httpd/apache_1.3.19.tar.gz % wget http://www.php.net:8000/distributions/php-4.0.5.tar.gz % wget http://www.webdav.org/mod_dav/mod_dav-1.0.2-1.3.6.tar.gz When you're done, don't close the Terminal window, you'll need it later. Now that you have everything, let's start getting things set up.