Feb 3, 2011

Mac OS and XAMPP: conflicts with native PHP

My developments on my macbook have been on hold for quite some time now... Last time I used PHP on it, it was running Leopard and everything was running smooth. Today (with Snow Leopard), while performing a simple PHP task (using php-cli), it shouted the following error:

PDO Connection Error: SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] No such file or directory

After more investigation then I'd like.. I found the problem.

The php-cli I was using was pointing to the OS's native php (which I've never used).

All I needed to do was:
$ mv /usr/bin/php /usr/bin/php-native
$ cd /usr/bin
$ ln -s /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/php php

This way I kept a copy of OS's native PHP, and created a symlink to XAMPP's PHP.

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