is IonCube error pointing to symlink

Can't determine if I'm a noob or a boob (or both), but this has be stymied.

I'm trying to install IonCube 5.2 on a  Virtual Private Server (Linux x86)

The first time I ran the installer using IonCube's MS Windows installer. This seems to have converted the directory at /usr/local/php into s symlink to /usr/local/php-5.2.14/.

Here is a grab of the FTP showing the directory with the little arrow on the PHP directory. Screen Grab of Filezilla Directory
I then tried creating the missing directory and loading the tar.gz file to it. Now I get the following error: IonCube Wizard error
According to this, the correct file is in the /usr/local/php/ directory and needs to be moved to the /usr/local/php-5.2.14/ directory.

But when I click on the local/php directory, I'm taken directly to the local/php-5.2.14 directory.

Please try and straighten me out. I've already crashed a couple of sites and got myself into quite a jam.
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David BruggeAsked:
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PapertripConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you sure that /usr/local/php is now a symlink to /usr/local/php-5.2.14 ?  I don't see that directory in your attachments, I do see php-5.3.8 however.

Login to the Linux server and do 'ls -l /usr/local/php'

Basically it sounds like /usr/local/php is pointing to php-5.3.8, and that directory has the loader, but your config file says to look in /usr/local/php-5.2.14 which doesn't appear to exist per your screenshots.  Wherever that is set, change it to /usr/local/php and leave the version out, let the symlink take care of that.

Computer GuyCommented:
The best way to install ionCube is to just get the file you need (Linux version),

make a directory on the server called ioncube, and upload the file.

Then reference the path in your php.ini file.

Remember if using Zend, that ioncube needs to go first.
The loader file already exists on his system, he just needs to fix the paths.
David BruggeAuthor Commented:
Thanks. After ruining several websites panic starts to set in. I overlooked that I was pointing to a non-existent directory. That is why it is always good to have a fresh set of eyes.

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