My sysadmin has set AllowOverrides ALL in httpd.conf, and I have checked that mod-rewrite is installed in my PHP config (http://www.manchester-press.com/test.php), but when I have the .htaccess file in my root folder, then nothing works: the omeka php files just give me the whitepage, and even test.php which I introduced doesn't work.
Basically, I have the server configured as asked, and when I place the .htaccess file into the root folder, all of the php goes dead.
I've also made sure that the .htaccess has the code telling php to give me error messages, but that does nothing at this point.
what else can I ask my sysadmin to do? I check the error logs and all I get is stuff like this (only when .htaccess is present):
[Tue Jul 22 18:57:28 2008] [error] [client 188.8.131.52] client denied by server configuration: /home/web/manchester-press.com/data/test.php