My development server is old. You’ll get a chuckle when you see the specs. It runs on a 400Mhz Pentium II CPU with a 128MB RAM and a 40GB drive. This old relic still manages to run Apache, MySQL, PHP and a local DNS. The server has also gone through 4 Ubuntu upgrades from version 7.04 to 9.04. After each upgrade, pages that require MySQL and PHP have slowed down considerably.
You guessed it. It’s about time to move to another machine. So, I’ve decided to install AMP minus the L (Linux) since we are already installing it on the Ubuntu Desktop. The following tutorial will show you how to install Apache, MySQL, PHP as well as the MySQL admin tool called PhpMyAdmin. Let’s get started:
sudo apt-get install apache2
Install PHP. Restart Apache
sudo apt-get install php5 sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
sudo apt-get install mysql-server sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql sudo apt-get install php5-mysql
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
You’ll be asked to provide passwords on the MySQL and PhpMyAdmin installations. There are a couple of minor tweaks you have to do to make sure the applications are working properly.
First, make sure the MySQL extension is set in PHP. Restart Apache again after you make your changes.
MySQL Extension. Restart Apache
sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini extension=mysql.so sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Now, open your Firefox browser, and type `localhost` in the address bar. If you see “It Works!,” that means the installation was successful. One final thing before you go, I installed WordPress and the installation was a success, except for the mod_rewrite which wasn’t working if you try to use the permalinks feature. To make the permalinks feature work, first you’ll need to create a .htaccess file and make it writable. Next, turn on mod_rewrite module.
cd /var/www/ touch .htaccess chmod 777 .htaccess sudo a2enmod rewrite
Lastly, make sure AllowOverride is set to All. Edit the file:
sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
<Directory /var/www/> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny allow from all </Directory>
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart