Are now coexisting on dear old bunter. And now for the story.
There’s stuff all over the net about Apache 2 not working with PHP version 4.2 and before. A big chunk of the anecdotal evidence for this is that PHP 4.2.x is installed in Redhat 8 and doesn’t work. It turns out there’s a reason for this: httpd.conf doesn’t load it.
If you want to use PHP with Redhat 8 you have to add the lines:
LoadModule php4_module modules/libphp4.so
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
to httpd.conf. Restart and it works.
It turns out that Redhat also turned off short_open_tag in php.ini. So any code that starts with just