Thanks a bunch, help is appreciated and I finally cracked it ....
The book I am using failed to mention one little step ..... which I did find on the PHP web page......
but I'm not bitter or annoyed ...
I might be back for more....
12. make install
If you decide to change your configure options after installation,
you only need to repeat the last three steps. You only need to
restart apache for the new module to take effect. A recompile of
Apache is not needed.
Note that unless told otherwise, 'make install' will also install PEAR,
various PHP tools such as phpize, install the PHP CLI, and more.
13. Setup your php.ini file:
cp php.ini-dist /usr/local/lib/php.ini