Unable to load

Fortunately, it doesn’t happen too often, but every now and again I rub elbows with downright infuriating problems in the OSS world.  If you go off the reservation (off the ‘rez), and attempt to make unsupported configurations work, you expect these types of things.  But when you’re targeting a basic, happy path use case, you don’t.  Thus began my 3+ day excursion into getting pecl_http to work with PHP 5.5…

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OSX Apache Not Working

With the rise in popularity of HTML5, javascript and CSS, I’ve found myself working on a fair number of Web-related projects recently.  I spend roughly half of my time in Windows-based environments and the rest in OSX or various Linux distros.  Unsurprisingly, most of these projects use LAMP as the primary technology stack.
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Start Apache on boot

I was reminded that by default, Linux distros don’t start services on boot. I found this out the hard way on EC2 when setting up an apache server.

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Self signed certificate in Apache

I haven’t been able to update the Monocle Chronicles as much as I would like, so I’m trying to focus on shorter, more direct posts, rather than larger, multi-part tutorials, which is what I was previously trying to do.

Recently I’ve been working on a number of OSS web-based projects, using Apache on various Linux distros.  As with most of these projects, there’s a need for enabling SSL (HTTPS) for certain sections of the site (login, admin/user actions, etc.), if not the whole thing.  On a previous project, I worked through this and didn’t take great notes as to how to setup SSL, specifically with a self-signed certificate.  For these particular projects, self-signed was fine – and certainly cheaper – but this isn’t a great/ideal configuration, particularly for anything for widespread use.  The browser warnings alone are off-putting, and for good reason.

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