Thanks Scott. I'll be sure to do it that way if I wind up needing to do this again. Turns out the problem that triggered my need to recompile may not actually be a file descriptor limit issue, so rebuilding PHP may not be necessary after all. The actual problem I'm encountering is the one with the http authenticaton bug in apr
Just in case this winds up being related to file descriptor limits after all, can you tell me if the systems you're building your binaries on are using system defaults for file descriptors (1024) or an increased amount? I can't recall for sure, but I thought you mentioned you were using 4096 as the file descriptor limit a while back.
I find it a bit ridiculous that an enterprise OS has such low limits to start with. After all, of all operating systems, shouldn't an enterprise OS be configured to handle high resource requirements? Not your fault, for sure, just something that always puzzled me.