Am I installing things in the correct folder?

Posted on 2014-07-17
Last Modified: 2014-07-21
1) In a WAMP environment, you have a root directory that you have to use if you want to wrote any kind of PHP code. In other words, I can’t write C:/docs/some_doc.php and expect it to render correctly. With MAMP, it’s easy to assume the same thing. Why, then, am I installing Symfony in my “bruce” folder?

Based on the tutorial (, this is where I’m putting everything, but it’s not where I have my browser pointed when I’m attempting to look at a file.

I know this is bordering on a stupid question, but I want to understand WHAT I'm doing and not merely THAT I'm doing it.

Question by:brucegust
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    Unix systems can install user software to run in the user folder as the user.  There's no real restriction on who can run software or where you place it as long as you set the necessary path and environment variables.

    I think you basically missed some steps or didn't follow it to the letter.  These are basic linux/unix commands and on OSX, you may need sudo to create the folder in your root.  It sounds like you put the file into your home folder, because that's where you have access.

    The instructions on that page basically gave you the generic commands to install into the local folder.  If you have the files in your bruce folder, then it suggests that you didn't run cd /home/sfprojects/jobeet to extract your symfony-1.4.0.tgz or you did a cd back to your home folder before you ran the tar zxpf symfony-1.4.0.tgz command.  /home is where linux likes to put user's home folders.  /Users is where apple likes to put user's home folders.

    If you've downloaded the symfony-1.4.0.tgz to your home folder then the tar command after you cd /home/sfprojects/jobeet/lib/vendor should be tar -xvf ~/symfony-1.4.0.tgz.  You need to know where your files are and where you cd to when.  The instructions told you to
    Download the archive, put it under the freshly created lib/vendor/ directory, un-archive it there, and rename the directory to symfony:

    Author Comment

    You're right! I went back and reviewed the steps and saw where I had made some mistakes.


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