Install Laravel with symlink through terminal shell function/command mamp

I’ve been throwing together a few useful mac terminal os x shell scripts lately and this was another one of those cases today. It’s not completely finished just yet but it will do a job the first time round. I’m not sure just yet how best to have lots of different symlinks to different Library bases and how to code that so that it happens.

The below code and it’s paths are relevant to me and my setup with MAMP. You can easily edit this function to include different paths as you require.

Open up your ~/.bash_profile

sym-install-laravel () {
    echo “Installing Laravel as symlink to $1″
    mkdir -p ~/Develop && cd ~/Develop
    DIR=”/Users/davidheward/Develop/Laravel”
    if [ ! -d "$DIR" ]
    then
        git clone https://github.com/laravel/laravel.git Laravel
    else
        echo “Directory already exists”
    fi
    cd /Applications/MAMP/htdocs
    ln -s ~/Develop/Laravel/public/ /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/$1
    cd /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/$1
    echo “Install complete”
}

Save it close and open a new terminal session or reload profile ./profile

Then you can simply cd into your desired directory for me it’s /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/ because i’m running MAMP on my Mac OS X machine and run the following at the terminal.

$ sym-install-laravel symlara

Visit this by just hitting http://localhost/symlara/ in your browser (if you have localhost configured in this way of course).

A useful command for mac os x terminal

When working on your server with ssh access, you tend to get very used to doing everything you need to do via the terminal window. Sometimes you may come accross problems which unless you have the know how you will be puzzled as to why somethings not working.

Today I came across a small problem in that a few commands which would normally work on my local os x machine were not working on my server machine.
Im going to use the ‘zip’ function as my guinea pig. If this function is not installed or enabled in your servers configuration/installation you will see a message like this:

-bash: zip: command not found

This is easy to fix simply by running the following command:

yum install zip

Now if you try the zip command again you will notice its worked or at least should work. You can also if you wish check to see if its installed first by viewing the install list on your server with the following command.

rpm -qa