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I think we should re-open this question on how to get a PHP stack on iPad as it seems it's technically possible to get a minimal but working lighttp / PHP stack after all.

Granted, the iPad is not the best device to code on, but if it's technically possible the question is valid.

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While that's interesting (albeit wildly not supported), it wasn't closed because there wasn't an answer: it was closed because setting up a LAMP environment isn't on-topic here.

To be honest, it's a pretty exotic and obscure problem: I'm not sure it'd survive on any site.

  • A general question about setting up a LAMP environment would be on-topic for Super User, but they don't deal with iOS devices.
  • A question about iOS devices would be on-topic for Apple, but they don't do development questions.
  • Stack Overflow would be a fit if it's about general setting up of the development environment, but questions about getting Apache to run on non-conventional development machines would be off-topic and too localized.
  • I'm ok with the off-topic reasoning and I also agree that migrating a 3 months old question would be pointless. Your comment on the question (it looks like you're a bit confused about what the iPad is actually capable of) it's kind of suggesting that the questions was closed because of the impossibility of a PHP stack on the iPad. Which would be called iAMP btw, L is for Linux :) – yannis Nov 2 '11 at 3:11
  • @YannisRizos I can see that: I revised my comment to make it clear it was closed for the LAMP setup, not because it's an iPad. I also checked with other mods, and the general consensus seems to be there isn't a site where it'd be on-topic due to the exotic nature of the problem. – user8 Nov 2 '11 at 3:13
  • figuring out how to get Apache running on an obscure device is off-topic: Did you just call the iPad an obscure device? :) – yannis Nov 2 '11 at 3:14
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    @YannisRizos I think you know what I mean: obscure in the sense that there are probably only a handful of people who would ever seriously take the effort to run their LAMP dev stack off of an iPad. :) – user8 Nov 2 '11 at 3:22
  • I'm trying it right now... As useless as it might be, it'll be an instant hit on our next LUG meeting. – yannis Nov 2 '11 at 3:28
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    How would it be off-topic or too localized on Stack Overflow? It's on-topic as it related to development tools and development environments. Too localized is a toss-up, and for the Stack Overflow community to decide. I think it's relevant since it's asked in a way that's general enough to help anyone who wants to use their iPad for PHP development. Now, if that's a good idea to do is an entirely different discussion that has no bearing on if the question is a clear, well-asked, useful question, which I think it is. – Thomas Owens Nov 2 '11 at 11:16
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    @ThomasOwens I had checked with both the Stack Overflow moderators and people at Stack Exchange, Inc. last night: they had said this was something that would not have life on Stack Overflow due to the obscure nature of the problem. General questions about setting up a LAMP dev environment are on-topic there as long as they don't delve into troubleshooting issues like "My Apache server won't start, help!" – user8 Nov 2 '11 at 16:42
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    That's a little disappointing, but if they all say no, then I guess they don't want it. I don't own an iPad (or any iDevice), but I thought it was an interesting question that deserves a good home, especially since I know a bunch of people who own iDevices and are like "hey, look what I did to it this weekend!" with crazy random things like putting PHP on it. – Thomas Owens Nov 2 '11 at 16:46

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