So last night around midnight I was working to install APC via SSH on a non-VPS hosting plan (according to the Dreamhost Wiki, it should work on a shared environment). I modded my php.ini file, and then ran the install script via SSH which seemed to go smoothly. Though when I tested to see if it was working, I got an error "No cache info available. APC does not appear to be running."
No problem, maybe my php.ini file didn't update yet. So I run a phpinfo script, and sure enough, the APC modifications I've made in the php.ini file are not to be found. No problem, I'll just patiently wait for Apache to restart or something.
In the mean time, I noticed my PHP version is 5.2.17. Thinking this makes updating php.ini more difficult, I decided to update the PHP version to 5.3.x via the web panel. Done, Dreamhost says wait 5-10 minutes to take effect. One hour later, still no luck. No problem, it's 1AM, I'll go to sleep and it'll be updated when I awake.
Nope - still PHP version 5.2.17, and my php.ini file still hasn't updated. Okay, I'll send an email to Dreamhost tech support about it and maybe they can manually reset Apache for me. Six hours later, still no help.
I tried both modding my php.ini file, and updating my PHP version from 5.2.17 to 5.3.x via web panel last night, and I'm still waiting 18 hours later for changes to occur in either.
What should I do?