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.htaccess and GZip/ZLib

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Hey guys,

I am trying to enable output compression through the main .htaccess file in my root directory and am using this code :
<ifModule mod_php4.c>
    php_flag zlib.output_compression on
    php_value zlib.output_compression_level 1
</ifModule>  

The webserver is running Apache version 2.2.11 (Unix) and PHP version 5.2.9  however I have tested this to see if compression is working on http://www.gidnetwork.com/tools/gzip-test.php and it comes back that compression is not enabled. Also, it comes back that my index.php size is 677 bytes when it really isnt its 4kb on the server? Any ideas?
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Ok ignore the filesize bit - its because it was passworded but i just took it off and now its 30kb!!!! Everything else stil lapplies though - could someone tell me how to enable this compression? :) thanks
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If you're running PHP5 why are you enabling an Apache module that looks like PHP4 (mod_php4). Also, I'm unclear as to whether you are trying to install zlib for PHP or zlib for Apache. If you want Apache to compress the web pages then you should be using mod_deflate

http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_deflate.html
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> <ifModule mod_php4.c>
> and PHP version 5.2.9

I wouldn't expect that mod_php for php5 identifies itself as mod_php4. Remove the <ifModule mod_php4.c>  ... </ifModule>  containers.

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Ah ha! I did know that I should change "mod_php4.c" but I didn't know what I should change it to. Also, when i remove those tags i get a 500 internal server error and the site doesnt work.

I want the webpages to be compressed. I always thought i should do this with the Zlib.output_compression? What is the deflate mod? My intial query was me wanting to install Zlib for PHP unless you guru's can reccommend something else? :)
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To compress the webpages I would install mod_deflate via your repository tool (YUM, Zypper, YasT apt-get etc...)

Also this may be useful http://www.howtoforge.com/apache2_mod_deflate

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I'm running under phpsuexec so i needed to change the settings in the php.ini file - as found out from the ever helpful support team! :)

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