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Setting Up A Development Machine

18 Apr 2008 . category: blog . Comments
#Apache #Linux #MySQL #PHP

So I just finished setting up my PC to be a development machine. I need some more RAM for it to be truly what I need, but it will have to do for now. I thought I would post a quick tutorial to how I set up my machine.

First, I should list my specifications.

  • CPU: AMD 64 3400+
  • RAM: 512MB PC4000
  • Storage: 500 GB SATA
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP x64 Edition, Kubuntu 7.10 AMD64
  • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti 4600

I have 80 GB dedicated to Windows, just for testing and using the few applications that I have not been able to replace in Linux. My development system has been setup on my primary partition, which contains the Kubuntu install.

Installing MySQL, Apache, and PHP:

Open up a command prompt, I use Konsole. After the first sudo command, you will be prompted for your password

$ sudo apt-get install mysql-client-5.0 mysql-server-5.0
$ sudo apt-get install apache2 apache2.2-common apache2-doc apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils libapr1 libexpat1 ssl-cert
$ sudo apt-get install autoconf automake1.9 autotools-dev libapache2-mod-php5 php5 php5-common php5-curl php5-dev php5-gd php-pear php5-ldap php5-mhash php5-mysql php5-snmp php-sqlite3 php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl php5-imap php5-mcrypt php5-pspell
$ sudo vim /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Locate DirectoryIndex in your Apache Config by typing /DirectoryIndex into vim. If it does not exist, you can add it. It should look something like this (Note, to start editing in vim, press “Insert” or “I”:

DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.shtml index.php

Now save and exit the Apache config file by pressing “Esc” followed by ctrl+x. If you have not modified the file you can just quit using ctrl+q.

$ sudo vim /etc/apache2/ports.conf

Your Apache ports config should contain 443 if you want to enable SSL. It may look something like this:

<ifmodule mod_ssl.c="">
 Listen 443

If you modified your Apache ports config, make sure you save it before closing.

$ sudo a2enmod ssl
$ sudo a2enmod rewrite
$ sudo a2enmod suexec
$ sudo a2enmod include
$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload

Now you’re good to go. Your default server root is /var/www, but you can change this in the Apache config.


James Armes is a software engineer and open source enthusiast from central Pennsylvania.