Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Install PECL extensions with Homebrewed PHP on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I needed to use the HTTPRequest class that comes as a PECL extension to PHP. This was easier than I thought. If you followed my instructions for installing PHP with Homebrew, then installing the PECL extensions should be even easier. Here's how:

Open up the Terminal and do:

$ pecl list-all

just as a sanity check to make sure you have PECL installed from your Homebrew installation of PHP. You will see a list of all available PECL packages, and, potentially after some "Warnings" from bugs in the PEAR code, you'll notice that "pecl/pecl_http" is in the list.

Before you can install anything with pecl, you need autoconf. It helps to build in the environment with which we're working. Just do:

$ brew install autoconf

Then install your favorite PECL extension (in my case, pecl_http):

$ pecl install pecl_http

Then a whole bunch of code garbage will fly past the screen. In a minute or two, some config options will appear. Press "return" to accept the defaults in brackets. When it's finished, you'll know.

If you got a fatal error during install, try running under sudo. If you still get an error, wait a day or two and maybe they'll push a bug fix?

Then just restart your web service (I just reboot my computer) and you're done!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Running Inkscape in Mac OS X Mountain Lion (finding X11)

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) doesn't come with X11 (an window server) installed like previous versions do. But getting Inkscape to run is still very easy.

Download the latest XQuartz and install it.

Next time you run Inkscape, it will ask you, "Where is X11?" It probably won't be in that list, so browse for it in your "Applications" folder, then go inside "Utilities" and choose XQuartz.

Then give it maybe several minutes to run the first time. And there you have it!