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Apache via Server (app)

The Macintosh Server app is a very useful front end for apache, especially for anyone who wants to create a website and test it locally before publishing. However, some of the more subtle capabilities of Apache are masked by this front-end. Here is some more info regarding administering a web server with the Macintosh Server app.

Where are the .conf files for Server configured sites?


How to set apache to parse .html files with server side includes

Open the .conf file associated with your site in a text editor. Add the following within the block:
AddOutputFilter Includes shtml html htm php ssi
Any changes to a site's configuration through the Server app will undo this change in the conf file.

My Macintosh doesn't have this Server app

It's included with new Macintosh server computers. Otherwise, check here in the app store.

Discontinued Security Updates for Snow Leopard and Lion

Apple has discontinued issuing security updates for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.7 Lion. Anyone still using either operating system remains exposed to known digital threats, and should consider updating. OS X 10.10 Yosemite is free from the Macintosh App Store, but requires a Mac with 2GB RAM (4GB RAM or more is highly preferred), a 64-bit Intel CPU, and a 64-bit EFI. To check if your EFI is EFI32 or EFI64, run this command in the terminal:

ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi

Should you have an older Macintosh that reports EFI32, the latest operating system you can run is OS X 10.7 Lion, and therefore you should consider buying a new Macintosh computer as soon as possible. Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite must have a 64-bit EFI.

X11 / Matlab by Remote

If you want to use remote applications with X forwarding (e.g. ssh -Y user@server), such as Matlab, you need X11 software installed.
See below for link.

Useful Software

Software Location Notes
X11 Required for X forwarding via SSH (i.e. Matlab)
VirtualBox Free to use Virtual Machine software
The Gimp Image editing software
Audacity Audio editing software
Latex, Mactex Latex for Mac
Libre Office Fork of Open Office that is well maintained
Text Wrangler Excellent light-weight text/code editor
The Unarchiver Extract files from compressed formats not natively supported by Mac, like RAR and 7z
Mac Ports Command line tool to retrieve/compile open source software (requires Xcode*)
0xED Hex editor

*Xcode is available from the Macintosh app store.

-- JoeyArmstrong - 28 Apr 2009
-- PeterBailie - 11 Mar 2015
Topic revision: r10 - 11 Mar 2015, PeterBailie

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