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I'm a Rails developer with some Drupal 6 experience.

When I'm developing on Rails, I'm used to modifying my code and then relaunching:

cd /my/project/path

This will launch an instance of WEBrick, and my site will be available at http://localhost:3000, which is very convenient for testing - it doesn't require me to configure any Apache files and doesn't require admin rights.

In contrast now the only way I know for serving PHP pages is configuring an Apache virtualhost, which isn't as "agile".

Is there something as convenient as WEBrick, for PHP?

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I found it quite easy to use lighttpd in development, e.g.:

lighttpd -f lighttpd.conf
lighttpd -f ~/.lighttpd/drupal.conf
lighttpd -f ~/path-to-your-project/etc/lighttpd.conf

See also answers to similar question at stackoverflow:

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Thanks for the answer! – egarcia Jul 15 '11 at 8:39

A built-in webserver will be included in a future version of PHP.

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Thanks for your answer. I could not find any other server, so I'm accepting this as valid for now. – egarcia Apr 14 '11 at 8:22

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