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I'm using MacOS X 10.6.2. I want to use AMPPS as my local development server so my question is how do I keep my AMPPS PHP & MySQL default?

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if you meant how to set AMPPS php and mysql as default, then you must define this line in ~/.bash_profile:

export PATH="/Applications/AMPPS/php/bin:/Applications/AMPPS/mysql/bin:$PATH"

This makes the OS search for binaries in this paths before the default ones.

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You should find two options in AMPPS "Start AMPPS on Starup" and "Start Apache & MySQL on Application startup".

These options can be found exactly at: Right click on AMPPS Dock Icon -> Configuration -> AMPPS.

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I have never used AMPPS but I reckon you must stop web sharing from system preferences -> sharing, to leave free port 80. What do you mean as default? Always on? There should be a start server at boot... nothing really difficult.

I would use just mac's web sharing which is Apache, you can turn on PHP by uncommenting this line:

LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache2/

in /etc/apache/httpd.conf. You can use one of the latest PHP versions from:

MySql server has an easy dmg installer. If you want to be a good programmer, you should be able to set up and know your environment.

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