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MAMP PRO, PECL, SSH2, and OSX CLI (AKA acronym madness)

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 8 November 2011.
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Or madness in general. So as you may know, I've started using PHPStorm to work locally. I decided to dust off an old SSH2 wrapper I wrote and play with how PHPStorm uses PHPUnit and does refactoring. I knew that I would have to install the extension via PECL and was like, "Oh it can't be that bad to do it through MAMP PRO" and as you may have guessed, I sealed my own fate for a couple hours. One thing I can say is that, even though I use a convenient app like MAMP PRO to set up my local development environment, I'm glad my sysadmin-fu is up to snuff enough to fly without the conveniences because after this ordeal, I feel like I might as well have made my MAMP stack from scratch with all the hoops I jumped tonight. (I'm pretty sure that last sentence is also one of the worst run-on sentences ever).

The first thing you need to know is that the PECL command is located at the directory


when I tried to run

sudo ./pecl install -a ssh2 channel://

from that directory, I got a memory error. I found out later that the error is most likely caused by the file


So if you get an error, try doing

sudo mv /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/conf/pear.conf /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/conf/pear.conf.bkp

If you're still getting the error, you can also the following:

  1. Install Xcode Tools from your Mac OS X DVD or download it fromAApple Developer Connection
  2. Download theAcomplete PHP source codeAfrom into /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/
  3. Create an include directory in the the php5.3.6 directory.
  4. Unzip/tar the php source archive and move it to/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/include/
  5. Rename the php source directory to just php (so then it will look like /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/include/php)
  6. In Terminal use the following commands to compile the extension:
    cd /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/include/php

That should allow you to run the PECL command however, you will probably get a complaint about not having libssh installed. So you will have to

  1. go download libssh2 ( As much as I like git, I recommend Adownloading the latest release tarball instead of cloning the repo. For some reason, I got a version incompatibility error when trying to run the PECL install with the repo version and had to do all these steps over with the tarball release version.
  2. unzip the directory and cd to the upacked directory in the terminal.
  3. run: ./configure; make all install;
    libssh should compile and place the output file in src/*.o
  4. copy all headers from the include folder within the libssh2 directory to
  5. copy all compiled files (*.o) from the src folder within the lib

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