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Hey I want to build some web junk on OSX, I just want the software to be installed in a manageable package, like all the other good OSX stuff. preferably lighttpd but apache works too.

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OSX already has Apache installed. –  Paul Tomblin Dec 27 '10 at 0:07

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The built in Apache server on OS-X is probably your best bet. It comes with the PHP module pre-installed and with OS-X having ruby, perl, and python; there's no CGI-configuration necessary.

you'll find the configuration files here:

Apache:

/private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf

PHP:

/private/etc/php.ini
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Mac OS X comes with Apache pre-installed. You do not need to install anything.

Here's a link to a tutorial:

http://shapeshed.com/journal/setting_up_local_websites_on_snow_leopard/

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A decent guide, but I don't like how it abuses .local like that. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 27 '10 at 0:14
    
I agree. Technically speaking, any use of .local is abuse, because it is not reserved in RFC 2606. I would take it as a placeholder and use something sensible. –  Skyhawk Dec 29 '10 at 3:31

I've been using MAMP on OSX which is pretty easy to set up and manage. You can use it for PHP/MySQL development served by Apache Web-server on your local machine.

http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html

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