I run a 3rd party PHP application on my small local Amplifier stack on my small Mac. I lately purchased a new Mac Small with Lion, and am trying to put it together. These computer would be a Megabytes air with MAMP. Now I am while using built-in apache/php along with a homebrew installed MySQL.

Here's my problem: I've got a directory with symbolic links. These symlinks will be to sites, and also the PHP application is checking these with is_dir().

On my small Lion Amplifier setup, this is_dir() is failing. Exactly the same setup on my small Snow Leopard MAMP is_dir() works fine with my symlinks.

Here's where it will get more curious. Basically do php -a (php interactive command line mode), and do is_dir() on the identical sites, it returns true. It only returns false poor an apache request. This will make me think it's something related to the apache user (that is _www) the inability to access the symlinks. Troubleshooting this falls outdoors of my expertise.

Other notes:

  1. Yes, I've FollowSymLinks switched on during my apache config, as well as in fact, your directory in which the symlinks under consideration reside is really a symlink itself. Apache doesn't have trouble with it. Until PHP is_dir() is used.
  2. No, I am unable to edit the PHP application and merely select from is_link() and readlink().
  3. This identical setup done my Snow Leopard/MAMP setup.

Any ideas?

Ah saw your discuss altering these to 777 but nonetheless wondering why it isn't working. My solution below may not assist you to.

EDIT:

If you can get /etc/apache2/httpd.conf,
edit it via sudo vi /etc/apache2/httpd.conf.
Then change these 1 of those lines or each of them

User _www
Group _www

Here's a good example of my directory listing.

ace:remote-app ace (git::master)$ ls -al
total 72
drwxr-xr-x  24 ace  staff   816  7 Aug 00:24 .
drwxr-xr-x  11 ace  staff   374  4 Aug 13:46 ..
drwxr-xr-x   3 ace  staff   102 12 Jul 17:06 .bundle
drwxr-xr-x  14 ace  staff   476  7 Aug 02:29 .git
-rw-r--r--   1 ace  staff   100  1 Aug 19:20 .gitignore
-rw-r--r--   1 ace  staff     9  1 Aug 19:20 .rspec
drwxrwxr-x  10 ace  staff   340 14 Jul 15:58 public

Now my public directory has 775 permissions, meaning owner and group have full permissions while other customers are only able to read and execute.
It is dependent if you would like apache user being ace in the default _www or even the apache group being staff in the default _www.

Once you have made the decision which to alter, restart apache.

/usr/sbin/apachectl graceful

As well as your page should now have the sites / files.
One factor to notice is you need to change possession for files which have been recently been compiled by your web page as individuals have _www:_www possession and also you will not get access to them following the restart.
You are able to change their new possession through this, -R is to really make it recursive.

sudo chown -R newapacheuser:newapachegroup <path>

Have you check permissions/owner?

In the PHP manual: Note: The outcomes of the function are cached.