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.


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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