I was just concerned about security, as this is a file uploading / sharing application, so I really wanted to use those directives inside a .htaccess file to turn php off for the uplaod folders...
btw. the rewrite stuff works inside the .htaccess its just these:
# Disable php in userfiles directory (recommended!!!!)
# RemoveType php
# <IfModule mod_php4.c>
# php_flag engine 0
php_flag engine 0
# GET requests only
that give me errors if I put them inside .htaccess files.
I'll try your advice tomorrow, going to bed now.