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Gripng PSA follows. Homebrew, the really great package manager and services system for MacOS, has recently shuffled around thier support for PHP. It sounds like the main PHP packages are being pulled into the core repository, but that extensions (mcrypt, memcached, etc.) are being dropped and users will need to install these via pecl.

On its face this sound like “the right” thing to do — support the core language, as well as the platform’s tool for compiling extensions. In practice, I have meh feelings about how well this is going to work. Building things directly on OS X and MacOS has always been a brittle affair.

I’d stick with liip 4 life, but its getting harder and harder to use modern projects that assume you’re running under PHP-FPM, and brew services restart php7x is a life saver.

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Originally Posted: 11th April 2018