PHP Shell is a shell wrapped in a PHP script. PHP Shell is a tool you can use to execute arbitrary shell-commands or browse the filesystem on your remote webserver. This replaces, to a degree, a normal telnet-connection.
You can use it for transferring your site as a compressed file, and then unpack it on the webserver, administration and maintenance of your website using commands like ps, free, du, df etc�
If PHP is running in Safe Mode, then you cannot use PHP Shell - sorry. Safe Mode restricts the commands that can be executed using the proc_open() call in PHP, and it also restricts the files and directories that can be accessed using other calls in PHP.
The effect is, that PHP Shell simply doesn't work - you cannot change directory and you cannot execute any commands.
Safe Mode is often used on servers that host several websites for different users to limit the users ability to peek at each others files.
Like any other shell. When you point your browser at PHP Shell and types in your password (see the file INSTALL for more information on how to change the password), you'll be presented with a rather simple page containing nothing much except a big window with the cursor blinking at the bottom, signaling that it's ready to obey your commands.
Write a command and press , or alternatively - is you insist - press the "Execute Command" button. The command will be executed and the result will be shows in the terminal. You can now enter another command.
To be more precise: the terminal is updated with the command line you have just executed, the output of the command to standard out (stdout) and following that any error output sent to stderr.
The commands are executed relative to a current working directory, which is written at the top. You change this by the normal cd command.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· This version fixes a bug which caused PHP Shell to stop working if the current directory was removed or made unreadable by the user or another process, some encoding problems, and Safe-mode-warning not displaying correctly.