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How to check the current PHP handler and change it

[root@server ~]# /usr/local/cpanel/bin/rebuild_phpconf –current
Available handlers: suphp dso cgi none
DEFAULT PHP: 5
PHP4 SAPI: none
PHP5 SAPI: cgi
SUEXEC: not installed

[root@server ~]# /usr/local/cpanel/bin/rebuild_phpconf 4 dso none 1

[root@server ~]# /usr/local/cpanel/bin/rebuild_phpconf –current
Available handlers: suphp dso cgi none
DEFAULT PHP: 4
PHP4 SAPI: dso
PHP5 SAPI: none
SUEXEC: enabled

[root@server ~]# /usr/local/cpanel/bin/rebuild_phpconf –help
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Usage:-
/usr/local/cpanel/bin/rebuild_phpconf [–dryrun] [–no-restart]
[–no-user-updates]
[–current|–available]
–dryrun : Only display the changes that would be made
–no-restart : Don’t restart Apache after updating the php.conf link
–no-htaccess : Don’t update user configurable PHP mime mapping.
–current : Show current settings
–available : Show available handlers and PHP SAPIs
: Version of PHP to set as default handler for .php files
: Type of Apache module to use in serving PHP requests
: enabled, disabled, 1 or 0
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The Five Types of PHP Configuration That Are Possible:-
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* None – Don’t provide access to this version of PHP
*DSO – Provide this version of PHP via libphp4.so or libphp5.so ( mod_php). This is normally the fastest possible way to serve PHP requests, but PHP will execute as the user “nobody”. If both versions of PHP are available, it is impossible to configure both to be served as DSO unless the concurrent DSO patch was applied at build time.
* SuPHP – Provide this version of PHP through mod_suphp. This is the most flexible way of serving PHP requests and tends to be very secure. PHP scripts are executed by the user who owns the VirtualHost serving the request.
* FCGI – Provide this version of PHP through mod_fcgid. This is a very fast way of serving PHP requests, but php.conf will most likely require additional tuning to perform well. If Suexec is enabled, each user will create their own PHP FastCGI server automatically and PHP scripts will be executed by the user who owns the VirtualHost serving the request. If Suexec is disabled, the “nobody” user will own all of the PHP FastCGI server processes and PHP scripts will be executed by the “nobody” user. FCGI mode is recommended only for advanced administrators who understand how to tune the performance of mod_fcgid. Userdir requests will not function correctly with the basic mod_fcgid setup provided by cPanel.
* CGI – Provide this version of PHP through mod_cgi or mod_cgid. If Suexec is enabled, PHP scripts will be executed by the user who owns the VirtualHost serving the request. If Suexec is disabled, the “nobody” user will execute all PHP scripts. Userdir requrests will not function correctly with the basic CGI setup provided by cPanel. It is intended as a fallback when the other preferred methods (DSO or SuPHP) are not available. Serving PHP as CGI is not particularly secure or fast regardless of whether Suexec is enabled.
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source: http://openhelp.net/2009/05/10/how-to-change-the-default-php-handler-from-the-command-prompt-cpanel-server/

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