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HTTP_COOKIE does not appear in phpinfo()


I am trying to set up a MacBook Pro running OS X Leopard 10.5.6 as a webserver to do some php development on during the coming holidays.
The server software is apache 2.2.9, with php 5.2.5
No matter how I try, i can't get sessions to work.
Inspecting the phpinfo page showed the entry for HTTP_COOKIE to be missing, which i assume is why sessions won't work.
Any ideas on how to remedy this ?

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James LooneySr. Programmer/AnalystCommented:
I have cookies enabled but that var does not show on my phpinfo either.

Are you wanting to use cookies or sessions?

And have you tried just some simple tests like create a php script with the following just to see which is working:

$value = 'something from somewhere';
setcookie("TestCookie", $value, time()+3600);
$_SESSION['test'] = 'Hi';
// Another way to debug/test is to view all cookies

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It is not showing up because you are not passing it any cookie info for that domain on that request.

Try the code below. You will have to hit the page more than once. The first time it sets the cookie. The second time the browser will pass the cookie back, then you will see cookie info.

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KristiaanDAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in replying to the comments - I have been abroad for a few weeks.
With the above code snippets things still didn't work.
I finally resolved to reinstalling the system on the MacBook, thereby falling back to the original PHP installation as provided by Apple. After that things worked as they should.
However: since the apple installation doesn't come with all the extensions that I'd like to use for the website (like mcrypt and gd), this is not a very satisfying solution.
I've read articles on the net on compiling PHP yourself, but this does seem a daunting task.
Any suggestions ?
Compiling yourself is not a daunting a task as it may seem.

Minimally, you may be able to download the PHP source for the version of PHP installed as the Mac Default and compile the gd and mcrypt packages for it. (essentially you compile a brand new PHP installation, but only use the gd and mcrypt modules by copying only those modules into your PHP modules directory)

I use Ubuntu and the package manager allows me to install gd and mcrypt as additional, optional packages. You should start by looking to see if there is a way to install those "optional" packages on the Mac.

This may be a good place to start regardless of what method you decide to employ:
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