Newbie question about XAMPP

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I was looking for an offline environment to play with
PHP and MySQL, so I chose XAMPP version 1.8.2.

If XAMPP is supposed to be able to run offline, why
did it need an Internet connection when it came time
to setup my "root" password the phpAdmin and
MySQL setup???  I'm just curious.  Thank you.

Robert C.

Re: Newbie question about XAMPP

On 27/10/13 11:48, Robert Crandal wrote:
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Never used XAMPP as I use an OS which do come with AMPP as system  
packages and those don't need to download 3rd party packages which may  
do things the wrong way nor relay on an OS which force you to do things  
in a bad way, but I guess it detected that you had an external IP and  
used it to direct you to the newly installed phpmyadmin.



Re: Newbie question about XAMPP

On 10/27/2013 7:48 AM, J.O. Aho wrote:
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I agree for Linux, J.O.  I find both Debian and Ubuntu's implementations  
to be far better than XAMPP.  Sure, you have to install several  
packages, but the only real problem is figuring out which packages to  

On Windows, however, it is a completely different story.  There I would  
recommend XAMPP or LAMP to the new user.

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Jerry Stuckle
JDS Computer Training Corp.

Re: Newbie question about XAMPP

Am 27.10.2013 11:48, schrieb Robert Crandal:

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Apache, MySQL and PHP are also available as regular packages.
Configuring Apache to be able to serve PHP is also well documented, also
for Windows:


Maybe it's worth a try for you and you would learn how all the
components work together and also the differences between PHP as an
Apache module or PHP as CGI.

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Depending on the version the Windows firewall usually just asks if you
want to allow access to services as soon as they create listening
sockets for the first time - it does not matter if the services really
*need* this or not. It should be save to block any access from "outside"
to MySQL or Apache.

Of course it would be also wise not to allow external access within the
configuration of MySQL and Apache (e.g. only allow access from localhost
or don't bind anything else than the loopback device etc.).

Arno Welzel

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