Test your code for PHP (in-)compatibility

PHP Upgrades are a pain in the ass but from time to time, it’s desperately needed. For a hobbyist with one or two websites, it’s not that much of a deal to check your code and update, but what if you have hundreds of websites running on your servers? Automated tools would be the better choice.

Luckily there’s PHPCS – the PHP CodeSniffer – to check your code for appliance to a certain set of coding standards.

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Downgrade (or upgrade) PHP on OSX

OSX Yosemite comes with PHP 5.5. OSX Mountain Lion comes with PHP 5.3. What if you wanted to run PHP 5.4 on both? Well, you can, with a dead simple installation;

Shell commandcurl -s http://php-osx.liip.ch/install.sh | bash -s 5.4
will install PHP 5.4.

Thanks to The coolest guide on the planet.

[EDIT: nov 6 2017: fixed dead link, added troubleshooting steps below]

Still not seeing the new version?

  1. The command above should install the old PHP 5 in /usr/local/php5 (which should be user-writable) and also write a new config file in /etc/apache2/other/+php-osx.conf, so please check and see if both exist.
    If you installed PHP 7.x, the folder is /usr/local/php7, of course.
  2. Run apachectl -t -D DUMP_INCLUDES and check if the new config file is loaded (should be /etc/apache2/other/+php-osx.conf)
  3. Try apachectl configtest and see if any errors occurred

If you can’t get it to work, try alternate methods, like using the even older series of posts on How to set-up and maintain a development environment on osx, OR (even better!) use Local by Flywheel.

Restore Apache2 service after removal of Server.app

After experimenting with Apples Server.App and removing it (for not really needing it) the built-in Apache was no longer functioning and all I could get out of it was; “Websites are turned off. An administrator can turn them on using the Server application.”

The fix is simple, but finding where to fix, …

Webservices Turned Off

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