[thelist] RE: Lightweight Mac Web Server?

Garrett Coakley garrett at polytechnic.co.uk
Thu Aug 17 04:51:02 CDT 2000


Thanks for the help. I'll see if I can clarify things a little.

> What kind of server will your pages ultimately reside on? Because most
> Mac servers out there are pretty Mac-y, ie, they're not going to
> behave like other servers. 

I'm a freelancer, so my client work ends up on a number of different 
servers, although I always try to nudge clients towards *nix if 

I'm not sure if I understand the comment about Mac servers not 
behaving like any other servers. I thought a web server was a web 
server was a web server? I must admit Macs aren't something I've had 
a great deal of experience with. I've only had my Powerbook for 6 
months (love it to bits though).

The main reason I was inquiring was that a lot of my work uses SSI, 
and that's a real pain to test without some sort of local web server. 
I have OmniHTTPd on my Windows box, and providing I can get past the 
install problems I'm having with Debian at the moment, I'll soon have 
Apache up and running for my home network.

The problem comes when I'm stuck on a train/coach/plane visiting 
clients. how can I test things like SSI and CGI locally on my 
Powerbook? Right now I have to wait until I get home and transfer all 
the work over to my PC, or if I'm working on site, upload it all to 
my own site and test over the net. Maybe I'm just being too 
impatient? *:)

> Any Perl programming you do will have to be
> done in MacPerl which is a little different than Perl, and I don't
> know that PHP is even available for Macs (could easily be wrong.)

The CGI side isn't really that important I guess. I can get MacPerl 
to check the syntax of any Perl stuff... and good point about PHP. I 
hadn't thought of that. I would love to be able to test SSI while I'm 
working on them though.

Thanks again.


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