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BenMcLean
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Portable XAMPP Lite Without Fluff?

I am thinking of going through Portable XAMPP Lite and deleting all the images. I'm pretty sure that would reduce the file size a great deal. The trouble is, if I did that, I'm not sure certain parts of it (like phpMyAdmin possibly) will still work, or whether I will still be able to actually navigate those parts that use the images if I need to later.

The reason for wanting it even smaller is because I have a really small flash drive and it barely fits on there - and I would like to be able to put more stuff on there. (I am planning to buy a bigger one soon, but still, I'd like to have this hypothetical Super Small / No Fluff version on there as well)

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Er

There is no "portable" XAMPP, it's portable from the start. Try Apache Friends' forums.
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uh-huh

Yeah I was asking about making one

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Ah

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A smaller portable alternative to XAMPP

UniformServer -- smaller than XAMPP, check it out (already "portable" also).

http://www.uniformserver.com/

Check out my comment in this ActiveCollab blog entry. Fourth one down. I give a tip on how to save even more space by picking the correct file to download along with 3 more files to UPX compress to save more space.

http://www.activecollab.com/blog/23/activecollab-on-your-computer-or-usb...

(Above link may say "revisited", but it links to the blog entry correctly).

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looks cool i'm gonna check

looks cool i'm gonna check it out

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Try this

Compress everything you can with UPX. My XAMPPLite is only 63mb big (I don't know how big it is to begin with). Open a command prompt and navigate to the xampplite directory.

This first command is optional, it allows you to first decompress already UPX-compressed files. Then we can recompress those to possibly get better compression ratios. Biggrin

for /r in (*) do c:\path\to\upx\upx.exe -d "%x"

The for command with the /r switch will execute that command on every file (/r recurses through all directories). UPX will error on files that aren't compressed, but don't worry. It will take a short time but let it go.

This is the magic command to compress as much as possible

for /r in (*) do c:\path\to\upx\upx.exe --best "%x"

You'll get plenty of errors from files that can't be compressed. Again, you can safely ignore these.

If you REALLY want to get everything packed in nice and tight, there's a UPX switch to try every possible compression algorithm that UPX knows in an attempt to get everything even smaller:

for /r in (*) do c:\path\to\upx\upx.exe --brute "%x"

You'd use this INSTEAD of --best. Note that this will take about 40 TIMES longer than --best, and usually isn't worth the time imo. You can let it run overnight or something if you want.

Of course you don't have to save these commands just for xampplite, hell, run them from the root of your portable drive if you want... just keep in mind some programs don't work right when compressed (like mIRC, which has a check on it's filename which fails when it's compressed) so if you have problems you can use the -d switch on UPX to try decompressing that program, or the -t to test a compressed app, or just re-copy a decompressed EXE or DLL. Also you don't need to decompress or compress upx.exe itself... it's already distributed --brute'd. Smile

As for my Portable XAMPPLite experience, I find that MOST of it works well on relative pathnames (sorta, I use full pathnames sans the drive letter but including the first \, so I don't have to figure out which program has which working directory) except MySQL, which refuses to work unless I give drive letters in the paths. So it's not truly portable since you have to edit a config whenever the drive letter changes... Sad

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WOS Portable

I've been using WOS Portable. A complete Apache webserver with PHP and MySQL. The whole thing is only 18.2 MB and that includes both PHP4 and PHP5.

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Update

MySQL is portable, but only if you remove the config lines specifying paths. It will work fine without them.

I just put together my own server pack of Apache + OpenSSL, PHP, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin for about 30mb, half of XAMPP Lite.

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well, we should give people

well, we should give people more options besides portable xampp lite then. portableapps.com should link to and/or support several different packages, dont you think?

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Well

All these are well known packages.
I personally use Uniform Server due to it's simplicity and it's easy to make more copies of it for various PHP testing scenarios (like PHP 5, PHP 4, Safe mode, etc).
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WOS

WOS Portable allows you to select the PHP version (4 or 5) when you launch the server. It then changes the server's config files to use the selected version.

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