thank you for clarifying this and i will assume that it compiled properly then, since no warnings or errors come up unless i run the tests. in fact, i can see a much improved performance.
is there a way around this by extending this time through some configuration, or is this by definition that FastCGI will just not be a persistent process and therefore APC will just get killed?
on a somewhat related note, is it possible to use apt-get to install php5-dev and use pecl? or should that level of changes to the system be avoided (if it is even possible).
thank you again your response, very helpful.