Mac Locahost uploads broken after Mac OS Upgrade

Before the recent MAC OS upgrade, wordpress plugin updates were working fine on my local development environment.

Then I started getting messages like “upload failed server error” when attempting to update wordpress plugins from my local hosted wordpress sites.

At first, I made sure the permissions were correct and that the files and directories had the proper owner. But this is did not fix the issue.

This is when I realized that something must have changed in the apache set up.

For now, I am still using PHP 5 on these local servers (soon switching to 7)

The apache configuration file had been silently altered by the Mac OS update!

Apple makes a backup of the existing apache configuration file before replacing it.

Performing a command line diff, I was able to see what had changed.

diff httpd.conf.bak httpd.conf
< #LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/
> LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache2/

LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/ had been commented out!

Uncommented the load module command for php5_module (or whatever PHP version you are using) finally restored the upload functionality of my local server.

I hope this helps someone find the answer to this issue a little faster!

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