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Old 08-26-2016, 07:21 AM   #1
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As i understand when the server (e.g. Apache) receives a request it looks for file name extension to find associated mime-type. Then it looks for the handler handling this mine-type (i'm stating it based off adding PHP support to Apache). And here are my questions:
  1. Is the above statement correct?
  2. If so when there is no handler for given mime-type does it mean the default behavior - that is just send a file to the client?
  3. If there is even no explicit extension - mime-type association defined (e.g. .html) the default action again is just send a file to the client?
  4. According to some sources to add PHP support to Apache we have to use
    addType directive: AddType application/x-httpd-php .php while others say to use addHandler directive: AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php which in my opinion is the only correct because addType should be used only for static documents. So why the addType version is still correct?
  5. I found somewhere such a lines:
AddType text/html .php .phps 
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php 
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
Does it mean that AddType directive will be used if the server can't find the handler for application/x-httpd-php mime-type and the action would be just to send .php source file to the client with text/html mime-type in response?
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Hmm, it has been a long time since I have dealt with anything like this. First off, if you are just talking about PHP then have you installed PHP and have you looked to see if it is working? I would create a info.php file with the following.

PHP Code:
<?php info(); ?>
If you are able to access this file then things sound be working for you. As for your first question, I do believe that your correct. As for the rest of your questions this isn't something i deal a lot with.

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You also need Apache Server that will 'execute' the PHP file.

To make it all easier, I recommend you download WAMP Server. Here is a site which will download WAMP for you.


WAMP is an acronym for Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP. These 3 modules will be installed on your system. Download WAMP to the base directory (C;\) and it will create a folder named 'wamp' with all its folders.

To execute PHP files, place those files in the wamp/www folder. To execute a file, enter in the address bar: localhost/phpfile.php with the actual name of the file. (do not enter www before the file name).

Try entering just localhost and see what displays.

Any Questions? I am here.
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