I've been trying to improve my console skills, and have been pushing myself to learn as much as possible. I think I made a big mistake this time though.
I decided to "go for it" on a custom installation of php5, to see if I could pull it off. I created a new user, then created a new subdomain owned by that user so I wouldn't mess up anything existing.
I have read this wiki article a few times: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php/Installing_PHP5, and got started. I don't think the process is failing or anything so far, but it dawned on me that I didn't think to, or know exactly where to, put "nice" commands. So now, I'm the dude bogging down the box for everyone else as this stupid script continues to run.
I promise I would never intentionally do something to negatively impact DH, but wasn't sweating it since so many people have posted "here's the link to a custom PHP5 install script". Maybe these commands are designed to be courteous to other processes.
If not maybe the wiki article should be updated just to serve as a warning to people like me.... As I was typing this, I see that the script was mercifully killed. Should I contact someone to let them know I made a mistake in attempting this, so they know I meant no harm?
Thanks for any feedback and understanding. If there are any pointers or advice on cleaning up so as to have the least impact, I look forward to them. Thanks.