After installing drupal on my dreamhost account, I had to change some variables in my php.ini and the .htaccess file and followed the instructions found on the wiki (http://wiki.dreamhost.com/PHP.ini)
everything in the drupal system seems to working, however - and this is a big HOWEVER - some simple php with a mysql connection i had in a different directory suddenly stopped working. it seems like a simple hello world statement works fine, but the code featuring the actual database connection is not handled by the server and by just viewing the source i could see all the php connection strings! meaning, of course, that my mysql password was out in the open! this is of course is freaking me out a bit and keeps me from playing around with the settings on my own (i am unexperienced with this entire process). is this a common problem? what's wrong?
note that my root folder didn't seem to contain (it wasn't jsut hidden, triple checked using differennt clients) a .htaccess file prior to me creating one - is this unusual? and might some missing lines there be the problem.
as of now, i've disabled the htaccess and therefore the new php.ini-instructions, however, i have no other choice but to reactivate it sooner or later and therefore, i must solve this.