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Upgrading the Mac from Snow Leopard / Lion to Mavericks

In October 2013 I upgraded both my work Mac running Lion and my home Mac running Snow Leopard to Mavericks. Here's a report of the problems I ran into.

Installing & Running Plone 4.3 on Mac OS X Mavericks

So, I'm finally getting to know Plone. We will be using it for the company website and I should be getting a short training in working and developing with Plone so I can take on the main­te­nance of the website after delivery.

I had some extra time to delve into Plone before the training and I have to say: Plone definitely has a steep learning curve. It toke me forever just to get it up and running (not being familiar with zc.buildout doesn't help). Just now I had to help my colleague getting everything up and running and he ran into continue.

Mac OS X Apache Mass VHosts (with support for htaccess and symlinks)

A while ago I wrote two posts, one on using Twig and another on using htaccess with Mac's Apache. I was reasonably happy with the described setups until I discovered that when I used something like <link rel="stylesheet" href="/style.css" media="all"> in my HTML it wouldn't work because my site was running at the default http://localhost/~heleen/website/index.html and so it would map the 'root' slash to http://localhost/ rather than http://localhost/~heleen/website/. I found a solution to this using vhosts, which works really well. But then I had to add another website, and another, and realised that surely there should be an easier way continue.

Getting htaccess to work on a Mac (Lion) with Apache and using symlinks

Edit (sudo) /etc/apache2/users/[your-username].conf:

  1. Add Doc­u­men­t­Root "/Users/[your-username]/Sites/" at the top of the file;
  2. Add Fol­lowSym­Links to the Options;
  3. Change Al­lowOver­ride None to Al­lowOver­ride All;
  4. Change Deny from All to Allow from All.


<Directory "/Users/[your-username]/Sites/">
    Options Indexes MultiViews
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from All


DocumentRoot "/Users/[your-username]/Sites/"
<Directory "/Users/[your-username]/Sites/">
   Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
   AllowOverride All
   Order allow,deny
   Allow from All

Restart Apache: sudo apachectl graceful