[wp-hackers] Whippet: a standalone dev server for WordPress

Harry Metcalfe harry at dxw.com
Thu May 31 16:37:42 UTC 2012

Not quite sure what you mean.

If you run Whippet from the root of a WordPress install with a working 
database, all the WordPress core stuff works the same way as it would 
normally. Though by default Whippet doesn't display much information 
about what the core is doing (check out --show-wp-* or --show-everything 
if you want to see that).

If you run Whippet from a wp-content without a core, Whippet will 
download and stash the core files in ~/.cache. You could modify them 
there if you wanted to. Those modifications would then apply to any site 
you launch using Whippet from a wp-content. That might be useful or 

Whippet won't produce a diff, or anything like that. Though if you 
screwed up you could delete the core from ~/.cache and Whippet would 
re-download it.


On 31/05/12 17:33, Jesper Jarlskov wrote:
> I think it sounds really cool. Will it also give access to WordPress core,
> allowing me to do core hacking and then output a diff when I'm done, or
> quickly revert to base if I screw up?
> Jesper Jarlskov
> On May 31, 2012 6:29 PM, "Harry Metcalfe"<harry at dxw.com>  wrote:
>> Hello,
>> We've been working on a stand-alone web server for doing WordPress
>> development without having to mess around with Apache. It's made life
>> easier for us, and so we decided to release it and see if it's useful to
>> anyone else. From the readme:
>>   Whippet launches a stand-alone web server for a specific WordPress
>>> installation. It makes WordPress easier to develop with, for example, by
>>> adding lots of debug information to the terminal without cluttering up or
>>> breaking your templates.
>>> Whippet allows you to run and work on a WordPress website without having
>>> to use Apache and without having to set up a virtualhost. You don't even
>>> have to have your WordPress files -- Whippet will happily run from a
>>> wp-content folder by itself.
>> https://github.com/dxw/whippet
>> Would be great to hear what people think!
>> Cheers,
>> Harry
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