Why is Apache executing .php.html files as PHP?

I have an odd problem...I'm using a documentation generator which generates a lot of output like docs/foo.php.html. It's XHTML, and thus contains <?xml...> tags at the beginning of file. The problem is, Apache has somehow decided to run it through the PHP interpreter, even though ".php" appears in the middle of the filename, and not at the end. This in turn triggers a PHP error, because it sees "<?" as the command to start executing PHP code, and immediately gets confused by the "xml..." which follows it.

How do I configure Apache to ONLY execute .php files, and not .php.html files? The string "php.html" does not appear explicitly anywhere in my Apache config files. There is a line "AddHandler php5-script .php", but I don't see how that would also include ".php.html" files.

How do I find the version of Apache running without access to the command line?

I need to either find a file in which the version is encoded or a way of polling it across the web so it reveals its version. The server is running at a host who will not provide me command line access, although I can browse the install location via ftp.

Update 1:

I have tried HEAD and do not get a version number reported.

If I try a missing page to get a 404 it is intercepted and a stock page is returned which has no server information on it. I guess that points to the server being hardened.

Still no closer...

Update 2: I put a php file up as suggested but I can't browse to it and can't quite figure out the URL path that would load it. In any case I am getting plenty of access denied messages and the same stock 404 page. I am taking some comfort from knowing that the server is quuite robustly protected.

How do I ignore a directory in mod_rewrite?

I'm trying to have the modrewrite rules skip the directory vip. I've tried a number of things as you can see below, but to no avail.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
#RewriteRule ^vip$ - [PT]
RewriteRule ^vip/.$ - [PT]
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !/vip 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress

How do I get modrewrite to entirely ignore the /vip/ directory so that all requests pass directly to the folder?

Update:

As points of clarity:

  • It's hosted on Dreamhost
  • The folders are within a wordpress directory
  • the /vip/ folder contains a webdav .htaccess etc (though I dont think this is important