grrrrr - auto updating apache2 on LTS 8.04 has just broken LAMP. something to do with the php5-mysql packages not playing well. am now going to have to spend the morning reinstalling lamp (which according to the ubuntu forums is nigh-on impossible).
as if i didn't have anything better to do!
(our server runs on freebsd. i am tempted to throw ubuntu out and just stick to freebsd)
if i get it running again i'll post back how