Note: I’m using VMWare Workstation to run a new/clean instance of Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop.
The first thing you need to do to follow along is to complete the steps in my previous article titled: Manually installing LAMP (Apache 2, MySQL, PHP 5) and phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 10.10
Once you have that step completed you will be ready to finish setting up the rest of the development environment.
First you need to modify the Apache httpd.conf file to point to our home folder to setup an area where you can work on a PHP project.
$ sudo pico /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
I’m going to use port 8080 and a folder in my home directory called php-project. You can of course call this anything you want. Add the following code to the end of the file (which if your on a clean Ubuntu 10.10 system it will be blank):
NameVirtualHost 127.0.0.1:8080 Listen 127.0.0.1:8080 <VirtualHost 127.0.0.1:8080> DocumentRoot "/home/chadlung/php-project" DirectoryIndex index.php <Directory "/home/chadlung/php-project"> AllowOverride All Allow from All </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Note: If it isn’t obvious you will need to replace my name with whatever structure you home folder looks like, it obviously won’t be this: /home/chadlung/php-project
Save the file. Create the php-project folder if you haven’t already and then reload Apache.
$ mkdir /home/chadlung/php-project $ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Add a new file called index.php to the /home/chadlung/php-project folder with the following content:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Save that file and load this address in your browser: http://127.0.0.1:8080
You should now be setup to do PHP development on Ubuntu. If you want source control using Git you can install it easily with this command:
$ sudo apt-get install git-core
You can of course seek out the various GUIs for Git as well.