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Setup postfix to relay local mail in OS X Mountain Lion

I generally get by without needing to send email from any of my local development web applications. Of course, that was until today. I have an issue to dubug in the Guardr Drupal distribution and am getting some sendmail errors when running drush qd.

A bit of research resulted in getting postfix up and running as a sendmail service in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2). Here are the steps which worked for me:

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MAMP Begone! An alternative Apache, MariaDB and PHP stack for Mac OS X

Update: The docs below are deprecated. Please refer to these docs going forward. Also, MAMPbegone is now brewStack! Thanks to @tlattimore for providing the cool name!

I have had an on and off relationship with MAMP over the years. I love how MAMP makes it super easy to install a nice stack of web server tools in an OS X Application, but it does have its share of limitations.

  • Running older version of PHP. Sometimes I would like to run a slightly newer version than is available.
  • Running Apache 2.0. No Apache 2.2 love in MAMP yet.
  • There isn't an easy way to add new PHP extensions. I recently needed XMLRPC and had to track down a binary from the Moodle community. Another example is intl. I needed that for some recent Symfony work.
  • Pear doesn't always work out of the box without some fixes.
  • While it is open source, if I have to compile much to fix MAMP, I might as well compile PHP from CLI from source as I did for years prior to using MAMP.

I do appreciate MAMP! It is great and I still recommend it for anyone who can live within its feature set and limitations. I often recommend it for new Drupal users. MAMP allows them to get started very quickly.

As I mentioned above, I have also spent a bit of my development life compiling Apache and/or PHP from source to build local development environments. This is something that I don't want to do again. So what do I want? I want to have a local development evironment with the following characteristics:

  • Easy to install and configure
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Easy to extend (Adding new PHP extensions or upgrading PHP)
  • php-cgi for use with Drush qd
  • Secure
  • Easy setup for virtual hosts and changes to the /etc/hosts file. I can, but don't need to spend the time configuring this by hand all the time!
  • Lastly, this needs to support my Drupal and Symfony development needs! I have included some additional bits I use, such as drush and Composer.

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Shrop in the News

I made it in online news circles twice today.

Shrop on a UNC Charlotte staff bowling team: http://www.publicrelations.uncc.edu/campusnews/current/aroundCampus/index.html (scroll down to the bowling tournament article.)

Shrop on usage of Citrix at UNC Charlotte: http://www.edtechmag.com/higher/november-december-2008/get-a-grip.html (scroll down to the section titled, "Central Control, Standard Operations."

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