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    • CommentAuthortrovster
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008

    There was a few discussions about tips and tricks in OSX at the last meeting. Here are the few I mentioned briefly. I'm basing this off Leopard, although some stuff might be the same for Tiger.

    Add a 'Recent Applications' stack to your Dock. by writing the following in terminal

    defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'

    Followed by killall Dock.

    Creating a shortcut to the hosts file, I did the following. Finder->Go->Go to Folder (shortcut is Shift+Apple+G) and go to /private/etc and locate the hosts file. Now, make an alias of this file. Using the context menu does work for me, so the trick here is drag&drop the file while holding down Control+Apple

    A recommended way to work locally seems to be using MAMP

    Best tool for setting up local hosts on MacOS X is easily VirtualHost X:

    As to the rest, I like to manually install MySQL based on the tutorials over at Hivelogic (, enable the built in PHP5 by uncommenting a single line in the httpd.conf file, and that does me just fine :-)
    • CommentAuthorMatt
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    Apple+Shift+4 for a taking a screenshot of a selected area of the screen.

    Simple but I always forget it.
    • CommentAuthorcharles
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
    Using a bit more of a custom setup (frameworks, pear and the like) i always install mysql, php and apache from scratch, and i even wrote a brief blog post on it.

    If you use the same format for your virtual host each time i'd recommend looking at apaches VirtualDocumentRoot and save yourself some time.

    And a bash_profile with alias to those commands you can never remember, like clearing dns cache!