Hello, sorry for being an annoyance but I want to explain why I'm trying to install things the hard way. Mainly because I thought I'd rather learn what the modules of PHP are and where I put them on the machine instead of using a bunch of installs like so:
then I would have things working ahead instead of installing all the packages. However, do tell me if I'm off my league and it's easier to install all the packages. I have already installed apache2, mysql, ssl from source, the only thing I left to install using a package is curl support.