To edit the file with pico in Terminal, type this:
sudo pico /etc/httpd/httpd.conf

Then it's ctrl+v to move to next page, ctrl+y to previous page, ctrl+o to save your document and ctrl+x to exit pico.
hi thx for yor reply very helpful i git in and made thechanges as mentioned in the macromedia link but when i go try test a sample php page i get a
You don't have permission to access /~lhardie/phpinfo.php on this server.
Apache/1.3.33 Server at reginald.local Port 80 any ideas why i cant view ?? big thx in advance :(
You may need to go to your Sites folder (in ~/lhardie), and choose "Get Info" from either the file menu or from the contextual menu, and check that the permissions for "Others" are set to read. If so, click "Apply to enclosed items…".