Make MAMP PRO not ask about passwords on service restart

Change your default MAMP password from ‘root’ to something more useful:
/Applications/MAMP/bin/mysql4/bin/mysqladmin -u root -p password newpassword

Edit the following files:

  • /Applications/MAMP/bin/phpMyAdmin-X.X.X/

    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = 'newpassword'; // change root to your new password

  • /Applications/MAMP/bin/mamp/index.php

    $link = @mysql_connect(’:/Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock’, ‘root’, ‘newpassword‘);

  • /Applications/MAMP/bin/

    # /bin/sh
    /Applications/MAMP/bin/mysql4/bin/mysqladmin -u root -pnewpassword –socket=/Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock shutdown

Tip taken from this site.

Rotating Apache logs with logrotate

It’s pretty easy to set this up on Linux as most distros come with rotatelog functionality.

All I had to do was to create a file /etc/logrotate.d/apache2 with this content:

/usr/local/apache/domlogs/ {
rotate 5
olddir /usr/local/apache/domlogs/oldlogs

/usr/local/apache/logs/*_log {
rotate 3
size 100M

If plain English:
First log is rotated on a daily basis regardless if the log is there or empty. Last 5 logs are kept in “olddir” directory. And, you don’t have to restart Apache when you use copytruncate directive.

Second group defines a rotation for all files ending with “_log”. They rotate three files when their size is over 100M.

More options can be found in logrotate man page

Coda books with custom images for Code Igniter, MySQL, PHP…

MAMP: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/tmp/mysql.sock’ (2)

I instaled MAMP and it worked great. However, when I tried to access mysql from the shell I was getting

$ mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2)

However, using a full path to MAMP binary worked.
$ /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql -u root -p

MAMP’s mysql works with another socket file which is located at /Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock

All you have to do is:
sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock /tmp/mysql.sock

UPDATE: As it turns out the above soft link gets erased by the system, so you need to run the command every once in a while. At one point it got too frustrating so I figured out a permanent way to take care of this problem. Open /etc/my.cnf and add/edit these lines:


Instead of telling MAMP which socket file to use, you are instructing the mysql client to use MAMP’s default socket.

Let me know if this works for you.

How to fix /tmp 100% usage problems

This was happening a lot on my main server (RHEL Linux with cPanel). Ever since I chose a cPanel installation, the /tmp directory was often spiking to 100%. The mistery was that I couldn’t list the files to see the cause of those spikes in /tmp usage. Regular ‘ls’ command was showing files, but nothing alarmingly big, and nowhere close to 1G that I had allocated to /tmp.

I first changed a temporary directory for my Web applications. Instead of /tmp I used /tmp-sc, and fixed my applications accordingly. When /tmp goes to 100% at least my applications were able to use a disk cache.

Next, I decided to have MySQL use /tmp-mysql. Created a new directory with proper permissions and added a tmpdir option to mysqld section of /etc/my.cnf

tmpdir = /tmp-mysql

I restarted MySQL and voila, all my troubles were gone.

The server with 2GB of ram and 2 cores now serves over 1 million PHP pages + many many more static images and the best part is that the load on the server rarely goes above 1.

If you find this tip helpful, let me know.

Common Linux server commands on a new box

Changing a time zone

Log in as root and type these commands:
mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime-old
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Toronto /etc/localtime

To be continued

Using Windows printers on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

Some Windows printers are hard to configure. Here’s how you do it:

1. Open “System Preferences”

2. Click “Print and Fax”

3. Click “+” to add a new printer.

4. Click “Advanced” from the tab options. If you don’t see it, than right-click or CTRL-click in the toolbar area (gray on top) and select “Customize Toolbar”. Drag the Advanced icon to the toolbar, click “Done” and click “Advanced”.

5. Be patient. It takes up to a minute for this screen to fill the options. Once done, select type “Windows”, device “Another device” and enter URL as:


My example connection is for user named “serbian” with password “cafe012”. Domain name is “Workgroup”, computer name “silver” and printer was shared by Windows as “Optra”. Fill the rest of the data as you please.