CakePHP 1.3 and PHP 5.3 Snow Leopard

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Getting CakePHP to play nice with PHP 5.3 on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is as easy as downloading CakePHP 1.3 and editing the app/config/core.php file. Ok, so you’ll also have to edit the php.ini file located in /private/etc/ on your Mac too.

First off, download CakePHP 1.3-dev (not to be confused with Cake3): or here

Open php.ini and add your timezone. PHP Timezones can be found here.
(On Mac OS X Snow Leopard it’s located at /private/etc/php.ini)

; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions
date.timezone = America/Los_Angeles

Open /app/config/core.php in your CakePHP installation and uncomment this line:
(This will get rid of all of those pesky strtotime() errors)

* If you are on PHP 5.3 uncomment this line and correct your server timezone
* to fix the date & time related errors.

Restart Apache and you should be good to go!