My friend Marshall was recently having issues getting PHP5 installed and working on his Ubuntu server, which is a Debian based distribution.
We updated all the packages involved…Apache2, php5, libapache2-mod-php5, made sure the module was installed, restarted Apache2, etc. Nothing worked.
It turns out that the default php5.conf configuration for Debian / Ubuntu’s packages are using an incorrect syntax. Edit /etc/apache2/mods-available/php5.conf to reflect:
<FilesMatch \.php$> SetHandler application/x-httpd-php </FilesMatch>
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
Special thanks to this Apache wiki article for pointing this out:
I’m just posting this solution here for all the other nerds having the same issue that aren’t finding this article in Google.