Installing Zip extension for PHP5

I am new to Dreamhost and have little experience with unix, but I can certainly get around using the very basics.

I need to have the Zip extension installed and enabled for my sites, but am not sure how to go about getting it installed. I have gone through the installing PHP instructions at, but am not sure if it contains the zip extension I’m looking for. I don’t think it does (it’s running now, so I can’t really tell) so I’m afraid I’ll have to compile my own version. No clue how to do this though.


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