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htaccess addhandler not working when changed.

  1. Main - is running php4
  2. - needs to run php5 i've added in the following Addhandler:

    AddHandler application/x-httpd-php5 .php .php4 .php3 .phtml .tpl .html

    AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php .tpl .html .phtml

no luck on any of those. 3. i added a test.php with phpinfo() on the and its reading php4... 4. went to the Main and removed the Addhandler for php4 retested the test.php on and it read php5 (which is the system default) the script also loaded perfect fine.

for some reason the htaccess under Main is effecting the entire domain. why would something like this happen?

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Yes you can only load one php module. When you want to set the Handler in .htaccess for different php versions you should run fastcgi with the different modules.

Here is a short manual HowToForge

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didn't know that. so a website can't having multiple PHP version running controlled by the .htaccess unless fastcgi is setup? – acctman Mar 5 '11 at 1:03
The problem is to load both php modules in apache2. I know that you have problems without cgi. The way over cgi is the common way. – Stony Mar 5 '11 at 1:07
I'm using cPanel/WHM and my PHP is configured as Default PHP: 5, PHP 5 Handler: dso, PHP 4 Handler: cgi, Apache suEXEC: on.... so it looks like I already have both php 4 & 5 separate. Should i put PHP4 as FCGI and leave PHP5 as DSO or PHP4 CGI and PHP5 FCGI? – acctman Mar 5 '11 at 1:10
For performance reason its good when PHP5 run in FCGI. – Stony Mar 5 '11 at 1:19
ok php5 is set to FCGI and i have dso, cgi and none as option for PHP4? any recommendations? – acctman Mar 5 '11 at 1:37

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