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Old 10-21-2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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Apache2.0.52 + php4.39 +firefox downloading php rather than display

Hello all,

Very strange problem with an upgrade of Apache and PHP4 and the firefox browser.

Yesterday I upgraded apache and php and now I can no longer get the index.php to display in firefox automatically. I get the following
         You have chosen to open

          which is a: application/x-httpd-php
          from: xxxxxxxxxxx
          What should firefox do with this file?
If I type in my website address followed by /index.php it loads fine in firefox.
The page loads fine just by entering my DNS name in all other browsers I have tried, IE6, Netscape 7.2, Opera 7.x, and Mozilla 1.21

Before I upgraded apache and php the page loaded fine in firefox just by entering the DNS name. I am using exactly the same configuration file I was using yesterday before the upgrade and I have checked it over for any errors and cannot find any. I will post my httpd.conf file if it is necessary, but will wait until someone asks.

I have checked for all the normal php stuff in the conf file and as I said it was working fine before I upgraded so I really have no idea what the difference is.

I went from apache 2.0.47 to 2.0.52 and php 4.3.4 to 4.3.9

Everything with the website works fine except for this so I know that the two, apache and php, are functioning with each other.

Any insight greatly appreciated

Sorry should have included this.

If I do save the file to my hard drive, it comes up with some random name and no extension, and view it, it is my index.php file that has not been parsed.

I have a line
DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var index.php
in my httpd.conf file so I am not sure why it is not automatically parsing and serving the page to firefox

Last edited by mdkelly; 10-21-2004 at 11:27 AM.
Old 10-24-2004, 05:13 PM   #2
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Did you say that php works if you type in index.php? Because I'm having a similiar problem except for php4 doesn't work at all.

Last edited by atheist; 10-24-2004 at 05:16 PM.
Old 10-25-2004, 10:29 AM   #3
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Yes, PHP works if I type index.php at the end of my DNS name. Actually it all works now, but I really am not sure why. I had previously been running my sites through apache and virtual hosts. I redid my previosly working http.conf and now it is working as it should. I still have no idea what was wrong or why it is working now, but it is.

Maybe if you post some more info about your problem I can give you a hand in fixing it.

Old 10-30-2004, 09:31 PM   #4
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Sorry if I am bringing this post up from the dead but it was amazing to find someone else having the same problem (from google search).

I am having this exact problem. All PHP is parsing except for a page that is requested using a mod-rewrite rule. This was all working 100% until an upgrade to Apache 1.3.33 about 2 days ago.

Everything works except for this page. Here is a copy of the .htaccess file.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/internalfile.php
RewriteRule .* /internalfile.php [last]

<IfModule mod_php4.c>
php_value magic_quotes_gpc 0
php_value magic_quotes_runtime 0

What makes this even more bizzare is this problem only happens with Firefox. When I open the URL in IE it works 100% as expected. I am absolutely gobsmacked.

In Firefox, the file opens exactly as mdkelly069 describes

 You have chosen to open

          which is a: application/x-httpd-php
          from: xxxxxxxxxxx
          What should firefox do with this file?
When I open the random file name that firefox has given the file I can read the PHP source in plain text, it has not been parsed.

Has anyone got any futher information on this? I am at a loss as to why this happens? It has been working flawlessly for months, and the Apache/PHP upgrade didn't change any settings only upgraded Apache to 1.3.33 from the previously most recent stable release.


Some additional information I have found (which is also the same as mdkelly069 describes)

If I access using it works fine. If I access using just Firefox tries to download the file.

This means that the virtual host is working for both because I am being pointed to the correct directory, but for some reason when I don't specify the .php extension in the URL the parser isn't invoked.

This doesn't happen on other sites (that use index.php). ie. works, I don't need

Because of this I attempted to add internalfile.php as a DirectoryIndex file in httpd.conf but this didn't help.

Continuing with my attempts to fix this

Just found something odd, if I access (doesn't exist) the page works 100% (because php is in the request URI). Even if I do the page works 100% correct, the parser isn't working if PHP isn't mentioned.

Attempted adding DefaultType to the .htaccess but that didn't help. *more confused*

It actually works if you paste anything after the url. works, so it isn't recognising the request if there is no specific file requested.

Last edited by bzchi; 10-30-2004 at 10:07 PM.


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