is there a page i can see the version and package info for php, mysql, etc so i can download the same version to emulate on my local machine?
Create a new file and type the following:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>Save it as phpinfo.php (or something like that), upload it to the webserver and then browse for it. It will give you all the information you need.
I’ve created php.dreamhosters.com, which shows the phpinfo for the different setups at DreamHost. It also includes the current MySQL version.
There might be variations from server to server, but you can always create a phpinfo-file yourself and place it on your own server.