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Cant get PHP files in Apache2 to run, get download page.

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Hi there, been having some problems with a new install of Ubuntu 8.10 server. Basically, It was running but wouldnt report any error messages, just showing me blank pages, however simple pages without errors ran fine. So I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Apache and PHP5 and now when I run a php file i get the file download dialog in the browser. Ive tried adding the application mime type in apache2.conf but doesnt seem to want to work. Any ideas?
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try from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^
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Followed those, still getting the download pop up. Have been completely uninstalling before each try and still not working.
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You need to clean up your system and install a lamp-server as per ubuntu standard procedure:

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

This will provide all configurations needed.
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tried sudo apt-get install lamp-server^,
Didnt work :-(
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Can't help.
On a clean system, that command installs and configures a perfect lamp server. It is easier to clean your system and reinstall it, than trying to trick the whole configuration.
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How do I "clean my system"?
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sudo apt-get purge apache2
sudo apt-get purge php5
sudo apt-get purge mysql-server
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge
sudo apt-get install lamp-server^
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Still didnt work... :-(
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OK, got it working. Here is what I did.

sudo aptitude purge apache2 apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils apache2.2-common libapache2-mod-php5 libapr1 libaprutil1 libdbd-mysql-perl libdbi-perl libmysqlclient15off libnet-daemon-perl libplrpc-perl libpq5 mysql-client-5.0 mysql-common mysql-server mysql-server-5.0 php5-common php5-mysql

This got rid of everything related to the lamp stack off the box.

Then I ran

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge

to get rid of any left overs or orphaned dependencies.

Then I ran

sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

Works fine now lol

Many thanks for the help though. If no one has any objections I will share out the points, majority to fmarzocca for help and patience?
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Glad to read you have fixed! That was exactly what I was meaning with my post ID: 24754080
      
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Many thanks for your help and patience guys!
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