Well things got worse, I trashed my system some how, reinstalled and carefully went through adding mysql,apache and php5.
Same problems and finally the whole system went tits again. Eventually I became convinced that after installing Mandriva 2007 then fully updating the system, I had installed an update with a bug. I tried removing packages but it got messy.
Ive been on Mandriva for 6 month or more but I just couldnt take it anylonger....2 days and I just couldnt resolve issues.
Burnt a Kubuntu iso, loaded up, loaded apache2, loaded php module, wrote some basic php and hi ho silver away
Only thing I cant do now is stop and start the server with apachectl stop, nor can do any apachectl commands, bash returns command not found.??????
Im in the shell using sudo su to get root because it seems there isnt option to become root???? But that aint powerful enough for the apache commands?????
Whilst this is all terribly frustrating for a newbie im sure as hell not going back to xp.