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21. March 2003

Run PHP, Apache and MySQL from a CD-ROM
@ 11:50:34

Having a full working demo of an online application on a CD-ROM could sometimes be quite handy. There is at least one I know that exists, that is Microweb bringing a webserver with Perl, PHP and MySQL [1]. While reading about mysqlembedded I came across that posting [2] in the MySQL mailinglist.

So David Shield [3] has written a VB wrapper for handling apache, PHP and MySQL providing the source with the words
"... whatsoever - use it, change it, sell it, give it away, swap it for chocolate cookies - I don not care!".

There is also an approach with Borland C++ builder discussing the API to mysqlembedded [4].

[1] http://www.indigostar.com/microweb.htm
[2] http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=mysql-win32&m=103176361132101&w=2
[3] http://www.broadowlersystems.co.uk/democd
[4] http://lfe.developpez.com/BCBmySQL/

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  1. Comment by urs @ 2003-03-22 00:11:40:
    urs’s Gravatar The principle behind David's solution is the following:
    Libmysqld / php4embed / odbc - No, no and no!

    The principle I chose to follow was to make my life as simple as possible, and to fight the system as little as possible. What you have on the CD is 4 things:

    1) A working apache running from CD (with, however, the non read-only parts redirected to an area on C: so that the apache error logs may be written.

    2) A working, standard (though currently Win9x only) version of Mysql running from CD. Again, the rear-write parts are moved over to C:, so the database tables themselves, and mysql.err are pointed to c: (using a my.cnf / my.ini (cannot remember which I used)

    3) An installer (I used spoons as its open source) to create the working areas on c: (I make the assumption that 99% of machines will have a read/write drive c: available. This puts the folder structure in place on c:, and copies the database tables there)

    4) A VB (Ok, Ok, I'm sorry but I was in a hurry!) program to start off the installer, start the apache and mysql daemons, and basically make the demo look pretty.

    Hope that helps.
  2. Comment by Setec Astronomy @ 2003-08-29 18:07:46:
    Setec Astronomy’s Gravatar Hy,
    during a web search I find this links.

    Microweb:
    http://www.indigostar.com/microweb.htm

    DWebPro
    http://www.dwebpro.com

    NamoWebserver
    http://www.nanowebserver.com

    Hope that helps.

    --
    I'am what I'am, I do what I can

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