Okay, I've searched for a while on this and I know this is NOT a WP problem, it's a GoDaddy problem, but there are so many knowledgeable and helpful people here (unlike GoDaddy!), thought I'd start here. No doubt this may help others with the same problem.
Initial install error:
"Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress."
Apparently this is common.
..and YES I added: extension=mysql.so to the php.ini file & restarted Apache. No change...
In searching, I see the mysql.so module is NOT found in the httpd.conf file or the /usr/lib/httpd/modules/ folder. (surprise)
Godaddy Virtual-Dedicated Server
Linux (Fedora 7) w/ Simple Control Panel
NOTE: Under "Installed Modules" MySQL is listed. ?
PHP v 5.2.6
FYI: GoDaddy "shared" Linux hosting runs WP just fine. The Virtual/Dedicated setups are a different story (apparently).
I have full ROOT file access and can install anything I want, modify the httpd.conf, etc, so I believe I can fix this with help.
I recently installed Magento Commerce without a hitch on this server -it is MySQL heavy and works perfect. I'm certain I created the database correctly for WP. I don't understand why Magento works fine but WP doesn't, but whatever...
"yum" is an available function and I've seen some refer to this, but I have know idea where or what to do with that.
Is "yum" a command that I can use with an SSH connection?
SSH intimidates me a bit, but am an old "DOS" pro, so I imagine it can't be too difficult -I just don't now any SSH commands. I have PuTTY, too. Used it once. :-\
I can't imagine this is THAT complicated. As a few have posted, PHP and MySQL just need to "talk" to each other.
The "diagnostics" link shows:
MySql (database server):
Server version: 5.0.45-6.fc7
Client version: 5.0.45-6.fc7
Status: mysqld (pid 27943) is running...
Something interesting: phpinfo() shows...
Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /usr/lib
Loaded Configuration File => (none)
BUT... php.ini is only found in /etc/ and nowhere else...??
Hopefully I've provided enough info.
Thanks in advance for any help!