I am in the situation as you Michael...Have you found a solution ?Guilgot [by guilgot]
I found it from http://www.php.net/manual/en/configure.about.php
These are the configure options of PHP compilation
Build a static Apache module. DIR is the top-level Apache build directory, defaults to /usr/local/apache.
Build shared Apache 2.0 module.
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