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A colleague of mine set up a WordPress blog that functions as an electronic lab notebook. I really like his setup, and would like to do the same, starting out with a local WordPress install on my Mac, and then I'd like to sync it up with a remote WordPress site using version control (Git or Mercurial).

Given these requirements, it seems like there are two basic schools of installation:

  1. Use native Apple software as much as possible (see MacOS X Local Mirror on WordPress.org, or a third-party post on how to do this in OS X 10.7).

  2. Use the third-party program MAMP (see Installing WordPress Locally on Your Mac With MAMP on WordPress.org)

Are there any advantages to installing WordPress locally using native OS X tools? MAMP looks easy and simple, so I'm wondering if there's any "catch" that should make me consider going through the more complicated native installation process. (Also, this Stack Overflow post concerned me.)

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migrated from wordpress.stackexchange.com May 28 '12 at 18:50

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This is a great question but it is beyond the scope of this site. I think it would fit best on ask different. I'll save my answer until it gets migrated. –  Chris_O May 28 '12 at 6:58
@toscho: If the answer is "As far as WordPress is concerned, it doesn't matter as long as you have a MAMP stack somewhere on your machine, properly configured." then as far as I'm concerned, that's an answer. Based on looking at Server Fault and Ask Different, I'd rather have the question migrated to Server Fault, since it seems to have more MAMP questions. –  Geoff Oxberry May 28 '12 at 18:46
Don't let a single question from a disgruntled person who gave no justification for their feelings sway you too much (to be fair, he wasn't required to give his reasons why he hates MAMP so much because it wasn't relevant to the question) –  Mark Henderson May 28 '12 at 20:26
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